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Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto

Lisa Uddin


Why do we feel bad at the zoo? In a fascinating counterhistory of American zoos in the 1960s and 1970s, Lisa Uddin revisits the familiar narrative of zoo reform, from naked cages to more naturalistic enclosures. She argues that reform belongs to the story of cities and feelings toward many of their human inhabitants. In Zoo Renewal, Uddin demonstrates how efforts to make the zoo more natural and a haven for particular species reflected white fears about the American city—and, pointedly, how the shame many visitors felt in observing confined animals drew on broader anxieties about race and urba ... More

Keywords: Zoos, Animal studies, Urbanism, Urban Renewal, Urban History, Suburban History, Whiteness, White Flight, Wildlife Conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679119
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Uddin, author
Assistant Professor, Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Whitman College