Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Exploring Encounters with by Samantha Hurn

By Samantha Hurn

Cryptozoology is healthier understood because the examine of animals which, within the eyes of Western technology, are extinct, unclassified or unrecognised. consequently, and partially due to its selective equipment and absence of epistemological rigour, cryptozoology is usually brushed off as a pseudo-science. despite the fact that, there's a growing to be attractiveness that social technological know-how can make the most of attractive with it, for as as social scientists are rather well conscious, ’scientific’ categorisation and rationalization represents only one of a myriad of platforms utilized by people to permit them to categorise and make feel of the area round them. in lots of cultural contexts, delusion, people class and lived event problem the ’truth’ expounded through scientists. With a reflexive, anthropological procedure and drawing on wealthy empirical and ethnographic reviews from worldwide, this quantity engages with the theoretical and methodological matters raised by means of stated sightings of unrecognised animals. Bringing into sharp concentration the anthropological price and demanding situations for method posed through ideals approximately unclassified creatures, Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Exploring encounters with mysterious creatures may be of curiosity to anthropologists, sociologists and geographers operating within the fields of study tools, anthrozoology, mythology and folklore and human-animal interaction.

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