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  1. The Richness of Food: A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Huaca Santa Clara and Huaca Gallinazo, North Coast of Peru

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    | Contributor(s):: Arwen M. Johns

    This thesis is a zooarchaeological study examining the entangled nature of human-animal relations within processes of food production, preparation, and consumption at Huaca Santa Clara and Huaca Gallinazo in the Virú Valley, North Coast of Peru. It assesses how the consumption of animal...

  2. The Role of Man's Best Friend: Assessing the Cultural Liminality of the Canis Lupus Familiars and Its Influence on Human Societies

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    | Contributor(s):: Julianne L. D'Amico

    This project combines history and folklore to illuminate the concept of liminality and the human-dog relationship as it has evolved since the species domestication. The lore highlights the permanent liminality of the dog, the use of the species as remedies in Folk Medicine, and the dog's...

  3. The Ethics of Interspecies Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Joel Bignell

    The Ethics of Interspecies Interactions. This report is written to inquire as to whether there are certain circumstances when bestiality is morally permissible. There may be a point where an animal has a sufficiently high degree of freedom and intelligence, among other things, to qualify as a...

  4. Life vs. Unlife: Interspecies Solidarity and Companionism in Contemporary American Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Barnaby McLaughlin

    This dissertation explores the representations of interspecies relationships in contemporary American literature. In recent years, interdisciplinary attention, variously referred to under the umbrella categories of Posthumanism," "Human-Animal Studies," "Animality...

  5. Being with Bees: An Anthropological Study on Human-Animal Relations in Southern Beekeeping

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    | Contributor(s):: Kori Nadine Armstrong

    This thesis investigates the complex and dynamic communicative relationship between beekeepers and their managed honey bee colonies, providing insight into the relationship between bees, their stewards, and the interface between nature and culture. It also helps unravel the ways in which this...

  6. The Dog in Roman Peasant Life

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    | Contributor(s):: Kyle deSandes-Moyer

    Dogs have been a part of civilization for thousands of years and have maintained one of the closest animal relationships with humans that exist today. The following research seeks to understand this connection during antiquity. This study answers the question of what roles the dog filled during...

  7. The Interspecies Family: Attitudes and Narratives

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Lynne Owens

    Families are conceptualized and accomplished in increasingly diverse ways in the 21st century. A constructionist framework was utilized to examine a widespread contemporary family form, the interspecies family. This mixed-method approach relied on both quantitative survey data and qualitative...

  8. Harvesting The Seeds Of Early American Human And Nonhuman Animal Relationships In William Bartram's Travels, The Travel Diary Of Elizabeth House Trist, And Sarah Trimmer's Fabulous Histories

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    | Contributor(s):: Leslie Blake Vives

    This thesis uses ecofeminist and human-animal studies lenses to explore human animal and nonhuman animal relations in early America. Most ecocritical studies of American literature begin with nineteenth-century writers. This project, however, suggests that drawing on ecofeminist theories with a...

  9. The Case for Humane Education in Social Work Education

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    | Contributor(s):: Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein

    Humane education is a form of education focusing on the intersectionality between human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. It is a solution-focused discipline striving for a healthier world for people, the environment, and animals. The argument throughout this banded...

  10. Exploring bereaved older adult pet owner's relationship and grief experiences following the death of a companion animal

    | Contributor(s):: Sabine B. J. Volkmann

  11. Fulfilling the Fundamentals of Life: A Grounded Theory of the Process of Human-Horse Relationship Development

    | Contributor(s):: Darlene Joy Chalmers, Constance Barlow (adviser), Cindy Adams (adviser)

    This thesis explores how relationships develop between humans and their equine companions, and how such relationships may be mutually beneficial. Specifically, the research question asks: What are the processes that occur in the interaction between humans and horses? The research employs a...

  12. Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of the Adult Client's Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Allen-Miller

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  13. The impact of tickling rats on human-animal interactions and rat welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Renee LaFollette, Brianna N Gaskill (adviser)

    Rats initially fear humans which can lead to negative affect, poor welfare, and difficult handling. Also, modeling and measuring positive affect states in rats can pose an additional challenge. Heterospecific play, or “tickling,” is a handling habituation technique that mimics rat...

  14. Humane education: the effects of animals in the classroom on children's empathy in Japanese elementary schools

    | Contributor(s):: Mika Maruyama, Dalton Miller-Jones (adviser)

    Although humane education, promoting children's kindness toward animals, has been evaluated as a factor influencing children's kindness toward humans later in their life, the effect of a classroom pet hasn't been well studied. The current study investigated the influence of...

  15. Determining the Effect of Visitor Group Size and Other Variables on the Behavior of Orangutans at the Oregon Zoo as a Measure of Welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Kaytlynn Fyock, Randy Zelick (adviser)

    The Oregon Zoo is home to many exotic animals, including Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. They live in a relatively new naturalistic exhibit and are subject to large volumes of visitor traffic throughout the day. This is a pilot study to determine the variables and details necessary to conduct a...

  16. Coyotes on the Web: Understanding Human-Coyote Interaction and Online Education Using Citizen Science

    | Contributor(s):: Zuriel Anne Rasmussen, Barbara Brower (adviser)

    Coyote (Canis latrans) numbers are increasing in urban areas, leading to more frequent human-coyote interactions. Rarely, and particularly when coyotes have become habituated to humans, conflicts occur. Effective education about urban coyotes and how to prevent habituation reduces conflict....

  17. Animal people

    | Contributor(s):: Meghan Ann Brown, Debra Marquart (adviser)

    Imagine you’re at the zoo, standing in front of an enclosure that contains a magnificent lion. You gaze into his lantern-yellow eyes and he stares back at you. What do you see? If you’re like most people, your answer may be simply, a lion. You may be humbled in the presence of a...

  18. Interação humano-cão: o social constituído pela relação interespécie

    | Contributor(s):: Ceres Berger Faraco

    A presente tese consiste de estudos na área da Psicologia, abordando o sistema social na lnteração Humano-Cão. Defende-se que ha uma sociedade particular constituída por humanos e cães e que a teoria sobre o social de Humberto Maturana nos oferece apoio...

  19. Unzoo: creating conservational conscience - a progressive development scheme for Johannesburg Zoo

    | Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Anne Allcock

    Humans and animals have a diverse and complex set of relationships but their inextricable narratives of development leave them interdependent. By understanding the human fascination with other living beings, in conjunction with our responsibility of preserving the planet, the importance of...

  20. The Animals in Our Stories: Reading Human-Animal History, Kinship, and Inheritance in Asian Diasporic Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Nandini Thiyagarajan

    This dissertation approaches literary animals in Asian diasporic novels through the concept of drawing close. I am interested in how literary animals can communicate an endeavour to draw animals close, and how literary representations of this closeness imagine normative human-animal relationships...