Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Stimulation

Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Stimulation (Hardcover)

By Stephen Spotte 
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 083864094X
EAN: 9780838640944
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 208
Publish Date: 2006-02-28
Binding: Hardcover

Description

In this provocative new book, Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Simulation, marine biologist Stephen Spotte lumps together public aquariums and zoological parks (which he collectively calls zoos) and treats them as cultural derivatives assessable using semiotics (the study of signs and their meanings) and Baudrillard's models of simulation. He concludes that only modernist zoos can exist in postmodern times, making captive animal displays anachronistic. Today's zoos are thus reminiscent of an era generally agreed to have ended with the 1950s. Unable to evolve and compete with contemporary entertainments, they can only by spectacles viewed passively.
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Title: Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Stimulation
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Author: Stephen Spotte
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 083864094X
EAN: 9780838640944
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 208
Publish Date: 2006-02-28
Binding: Hardcover

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