Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Human Perceptions of Animals in the St. Louis Region: Prospects for a Transspecies City
by Tidball, Alex, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 123; 10132962
Abstract (Summary)

The transspecies city concept was developed in opposition to traditional anthropocentric urban policies. This research seeks to determine whether or not perceptions of survey participants taken from the St. Louis area are compatible with the goals of the transspecies city, which focus on integration of animals into human communities rather than their removal. The transspecies city also indicates a need for moral concern for animals in human actions which affect them.

Participant responses were classified into perception categories. These perceptions were then analyzed and discussed to determine their compatibility with the transspecies city, concluding that humanistic and moralistic perceptions are most compatible. Negativistic, naturalistic, and ecologistic perceptions all are found to have some incompatibilities with the transspecies city. In spite of these incompatibilities, this research concludes by examining the ways these perceptions could be addressed, or ways in which the transspecies city could modify itself to have a better chance at actualization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hanlon, James
Commitee: Hume, Susan, Shouse, Michael
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Urban planning
Keywords: Animals, Perceptions, Transspecies city, Urban planning
Publication Number: 10132962
ISBN: 9781339914541
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