Domestication has often seemed a matter of the distant past, a series of distinct events involving humans and other species that took place long ago. Today, as genetic manipulation continues to break new barriers in scientific and medical research, we appear to be entering an age of biological control. Are we also writing a new chapter in the history of domestication? Where the Wild Things Are Now explores the relevance of domestication for anthropologists and scholars in related fields who are concerned with understanding ongoing change in processes affecting humans as well as other species. From the pet food industry and its critics to salmon farming in Tasmania, the protection of endangered species in Vietnam and the pigeon fanciers who influenced Darwin, Where the Wild Things Are Now provides an urgently needed re-examination of the concept of domestication against the shifting background of relationships between humans, animals and plants.

chapter |25 pages

Introduction: Domestication Reconsidered

ByRebecca Cassidy

chapter one|22 pages

The Domestication of Anthropology

ByNerissa Russell

chapter two|22 pages

Animal Interface: The Generosity of Domestication

ByNigel Clark

chapter three|29 pages

Selection and the Unforeseen Consequences of Domestication

ByHelen M. Leach

chapter four|21 pages

Agriculture or Architecture? The Beginnings of Domestication

ByPeter J. Wilson

chapter six|36 pages

“An Experiment on a Gigantic Scale”: Darwin and the Domestication of Pigeons

ByGillian Feeley-Harnik

chapter seven|22 pages

The Metaphor of Domestication in Genetics

ByKaren Rader

chapter eight|23 pages

Domestication "Downunder": Atlantic Salmon Farming in Tasmania

ByMarianne Lien

chapter eleven|27 pages

Feeding the Animals

ByMolly H. Mullin