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What Zoos Tell Us About Ourselves – Earth in Transition

“You don’t have to be semiotically brilliant to tease out what’s going on here,” says Randy Malamud, author of ‘Reading Zoos’.

“When one person is in a cage and someone else is outside the cage, walking up and down and looking at that person, what do you think that suggests about our power relations and our sense of our superiority over what is stuck in that cage?”In this video, Dr. Malamud, Professor of English at Georgia State University, discusses the psychology of keeping animals in zoos. (And not just nonhuman animals. After all, just over 100 years ago, the Bronx Zoo put an African man on display in a cage with an orangutan.)

Source: What Zoos Tell Us About Ourselves – Earth in Transition

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