Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971973 | Print ISBN: 9781412914321 | Online ISBN: 9781412971973| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Zoöpolis refers to a city in which relations between humans, other animals, and nature are characterized by coexistence. Development of the zoöpolis model represents a major move forward in the opening of urban theory and research to considerations of animal lives, meanings, and agency in the city, in response to problematically anthropocentric urban theories and practices. This entry introduces the zoöpolis model and the related transspecies urban theoretical framework and also discusses some of the perspectives on animals and cities that research along these lines lends. The broad context of the development of the zoöpolis concept is characterized by considerable changes in recent thought about the relationships among humans, other animals, and the environment, both on the global stage and in the academy. Growing awareness of animal suffering in factory farms and research laboratories, species endangerment due to land development and extractive economic activities, and the environmental impacts of toxic ...