This paper introduces a collection of four articles on social beliefs, values and practices associated with ‘wild’ animals in Australia. It provides an overview of key developments in the international and Australian fields of Human-Animal Studies and briefly addresses the value and challenges of crossdisciplinary communication and collaboration in this field.

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Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of ‘human’ geography
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Anderson, K. 1997. A walk on the wild side: a critical geography of domestication. Progress in Human Geography 21,4: 463-485.
A walk on the wild side: a critical geography of domestication
Progress in Human Geography
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Arluke, A. and Sanders C. 1996.Regarding Animals. Temple University Press, Philadelphia.
Regarding Animals
Baker, S. 2000.The Postmodern Animal, Reaktion Books, London.
The Postmodern Animal
Baker, S. 2001.Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation. University of Illinois Press, Illinois.
Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation
Bulbeck, C. 2005.Facing the Wild: Ecotourism, Conservation and Animal Encounters. Earthscan/James and James Science Publishers, London.
Facing the Wild: Ecotourism, Conservation and Animal Encounters
Burt, J. 2002.Animals in Film, London, Reaktion Books.
Animals in Film
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Ecological Imperialism: the biological expansion of Europe, 900-1900
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Creatures of Empire: how domestic animals transformed early America
Franklin, A. 2006.Animal Nation: the true story of animals and Australia. UNSW Press, Kensington.
Animal Nation: the true story of animals and Australia
Franklin, A. 1999.Animals and modern cultures: a sociology of human-animal relations in modernity. Sage Publications, London.
Animals and modern cultures: a sociology of human-animal relations in modernity
Freeman, C. 2005. Is this picture worth a thousand words? An analysis of Harry Burrell's photograph of a thylacine with a chicken. Australian Zoologist 33(1):1-16.
Is this picture worth a thousand words? An analysis of Harry Burrell's photograph of a thylacine with a chicken
Australian Zoologist
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16
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Fudge, E. 2002.Animal. Reaktion Books, London.
Animal
Gaynor, A. 1999a. From chook run to Chicken Treat: speculation on changes in human-animal relationships in twentieth century Perth, Western Australia. Limina 5:26-39.
From chook run to Chicken Treat: speculation on changes in human-animal relationships in twentieth century Perth, Western Australia
Limina
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Gaynor, A. 1999b. Regulation, resistance and the residential area: the keeping of productive animals in twentieth century Perth, Western Australia. Urban Policy and Research 17,1: 7-16.
Regulation, resistance and the residential area: the keeping of productive animals in twentieth century Perth, Western Australia
Urban Policy and Research
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7
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Gould, S.J. 2004.The hedgehog, the fox and the magister's pox: mending and minding the misconceived gap between Science and the Humanities. Vintage, London.
The hedgehog, the fox and the magister's pox: mending and minding the misconceived gap between Science and the Humanities
Grafton, R., L. Robin & R. J. Wasson (eds) 2005.Understanding the environment: bridging the disciplinary divides. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
Understanding the environment: bridging the disciplinary divides
Head, L., D. Trigger & J. Mulcock 2005. Culture as concept and influence in environmental research and management. Conservation and Society, 3(2):251-264.
Culture as concept and influence in environmental research and management
Conservation and Society
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251
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264
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Herda-Rapp, A. & T. Goedeke (eds) 2005.Mad About Wildlife: Looking at social conflict over wildlife. Human-Animal Studies Series, Vol.2, Brill, Leiden.
Mad About Wildlife: Looking at social conflict over wildlife
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2
 
Heninger-Voss, M. J. (ed.) 2002.Animals in Human Histories: the mirror of nature and culture. University of Rochester Press, New York.
Animals in Human Histories: the mirror of nature and culture
Inglis, D. & R. Wilkie (eds) 2006.Animals and Society, Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences Series, Vols1-5. Routledge, London.
Animals and Society
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1-5
 
King, T. 2005. Crisis of meanings: Divergent experiences and perceptions of the marine environment in Victoria, Australia, The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 16(3):350-365.
Crisis of meanings: Divergent experiences and perceptions of the marine environment in Victoria, Australia
The Australian Journal of Anthropology
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16
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350
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365
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Knight, J. (ed.) 2005.Animals in Person: cultural perspectives on human-animal intimacies. Berg, Oxford.
Animals in Person: cultural perspectives on human-animal intimacies
Lippit, A M. 2000.Electric Animal: toward a rhetoric of wildlife. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.
Electric Animal: toward a rhetoric of wildlife
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“Among Birds and Beasts”: Environmental Reform, Racial Preservation and Australian Progressives at the Zoological Gardens
Journal of Australian Studies
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Manning, A & J. Serpell (eds) 1994.Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives. Routledge, London.
Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives
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Morton, J. and N. Smith 1999. Planting indigenous species: a subversion of Australian eco-nationalism. K. Nueman, N. Thomas and H. Ericksen (eds) Quicksands: foundational histories in Australian and Aeoteroa New Zealand. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
Quicksands: foundational histories in Australian and Aeoteroa New Zealand
Mullan, B and G. Marvin 1998.Zoo Culture. Illinois University Press, Illinios.
Zoo Culture
Mullin, M. 2002. Animals and Anthropology. Society and Animals, 10(4):387-393.
Animals and Anthropology
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Munro, L. 2005.Confronting Cruelty: moral orthodoxy and the challenge of the animal rights movement, Brill, Boston.
Confronting Cruelty: moral orthodoxy and the challenge of the animal rights movement
Peace, A. 2001. Dingo discourse: constructions of nature and contradictions of capital in an Australian eco-tourist location. Anthropological Forum 11(2):175-194.
Dingo discourse: constructions of nature and contradictions of capital in an Australian eco-tourist location
Anthropological Forum
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Peace, A. 2002. The cull of the wild: dingoes development and death in an Australian tourist location. Anthropology Today 18(5):14-19
The cull of the wild: dingoes development and death in an Australian tourist location
Anthropology Today
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Animals and Human Society: changing perspectives
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The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001
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Savages and Beasts: the birth of the modern zoo
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Representing Animals
Shapiro, K. 2002. Editor's Introduction: The state of humananimal studies: solid, at the margin! Society and Animals, 10(4): 331-337.
Editor's Introduction: The state of humananimal studies: solid, at the margin!
Society and Animals
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331
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337
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Smith, N. 1999. The howl and the pussy cat: feral cats and wild dogs in the Australian imagination. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 10(3): 288-305.
The howl and the pussy cat: feral cats and wild dogs in the Australian imagination
The Australian Journal of Anthropology
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10
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288
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305
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Toussaint, Y. 2005. Debating biodiversity: threatened species conservation and scientific values. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 16(3): 382-393.
Debating biodiversity: threatened species conservation and scientific values
The Australian Journal of Anthropology
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382
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393
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Sustainable Planning and Development. Series:The Sustainable World
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