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The Human Zoo

The Human Zoo
 

This study concerns the city dweller. Morris finds remarkable similarities with captive zoo animals and looks closely at the aggressive, sexual and parental behaviour of the human species under the stresses and pressures of urban living.

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ISBN 9780099482116
Barcode 9780099482116
Published 31 December 1994 by Vintage
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Morris, Desmond
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ISBN-13 9780099482116
ISBN-10 0099482118
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 31 December 1994
International Publication Date 27 October 1994
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Morris, Desmond
Category Urban Communities
Science: General Issues
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 127g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 302
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This study concerns the city dweller. Morris finds remarkable similarities with captive zoo animals and looks closely at the aggressive, sexual and parental behaviour of the human species under the stresses and pressures of urban living.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Compelling and absorbing...Morris is concerned with the tension between our biology and our culture, as it is expressed in power, sex, status and war games New York Times Having startled, amused, and in some cases infuriated his fellow-men by his bestseller The Naked Ape, Desmond Morris now proceeds to contemplate Homo sapiens as he has transformed his environment. He has offended some people with entrenched views, but he has made millions wonder about themselves. Exceedingly well written, with never a dull moment Observer I defy you to stop reading it Liverpool Daily Post
US Review This is a highly readable but thoroughly irritating book. Morris is a forceful stylist but the same quick flow of discourse which can be insightful about modern society often edges over into blunt absolutes or dire predictions open to question. In a chapter discussing man's reaction to too little or too much stimulation, for example, he remarks, In infancy there is the example of prolonged thumb-sucking, which results from too little contact and inter-action with the mother. Or in a chapter dealing with race relations ( In-Groups and Out-Groups ) he blithely says, A second American Civil War seems to be imminent. in essence Morris' point is that life on our over-humanly crowded planet mimics the unnatural existence of captive animals in zoos. Under such conditions animals may become homosexual, change their eating and sleeping habits, pace to and fro, get bored, enraged, break down. It follows then that natural man in unnatural society exhibits the same aberrations for the same reasons: isolation, restriction of territory, lack of stimulation, etc. But man today is not the sum of all mammalian or even higher primate behavior, nor are his sexual behavior patterns or his need for stimulation neatly contained in ten phases of six principles. It is this kind of constant reductio ad absurdum that weakens the value and invites the kind of controversy Morris' books have generally provoked. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Desmond Morris was born in Wiltshire in 1928. After gaining a degree in zoology from Birmimgham University, he obtained his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford. He became Curator of Mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. He was already the author of some fifty scientific papers and seven books before completing The Naked Ape in 1967, which was to sell over 10 million copies throughout the world and be translated into almost every known language. Desmond Morris has made many television programmes and films on human and animal behaviour, his friendly and accessible approach making him popular with both adults and children, and he is now one of the best-known presenters of natural history programmes. He is also an accomplished artists and his books inlcude The Biology of Art, The Art of Ancient Cyprus and The Secret Surrealist, as well as his familiar series of Manwatching, Bodywatching, Animalwatching and Babywatching. His study of the meaning of gestures, Bodytalk: A World Guide to Gestures is published by Jonathan Cape.

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