Going Wild: Hunting, Animal Rights, and the Contested Meaning of Nature

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First published in 1994, Going Wild offers a probing examination of the ways in which different conceptions of nature shape our responses to specific environmental issues. In this revised edition, Jan E. Dizard adds a thoughtful and extensive new chapter, updating the controversy over the state-managed deer hunt at the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts and placing it in a broader national context.

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Professor of sociology and American studies at Amherst College, Jan E. Dizard is coauthor of The Minimal Family (University of Massachusetts Press, 1990).

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The impassioned debate on deer hunting staged here by Dizard... raises pros and cons beyond the fiery local issue.... In an agile, well-focused narrative, Dizard explores the intellectual machinations justifying the hunt while delineating the underpinnings of how we view nature.... Should nature be seen as a self-balancing harmony or a challenge to use and dominate? Who decides what is wild? In short, is wildlife management an oxymoron? For those arming with arguments from both sides, this book is indeed mind-stretching and valuable.

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Absorbing study of an environmental dispute at the Quabbin Reservoir.... Dizard argues that what the Quabbin dispute exemplifies are differing views about the very 'nature of nature.' One side believed that humans are the problem in most environmental issues and need to be kept away from nature. The other side viewed nature as chaotic and in need of human intervention. The reservoir officials prevailed, but the dispute in the larger sense is far from over. A solid addition to environmental literature, Dizard's book also provides an insightful look at the conflicts between the hunting and animal rights communities. Highly recommended.

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Powerfully articulated and convincing.... I believe this book will have a wide readership including environmentalists, scholars, historians, resource managers, and policy makers.

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Powerfully articulated and convincing.... I believe this book will have a wide readership including environmentalists, scholars, historians, resource managers, and policy makers.

(Stephen R. Kellert, Yale University)

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