Zooland review

I’ve got a wee review of Irus Braverman’s Zooland: The Institution of Captivity over at the EPD Society & Space open site. Here’s the gist of it:

Braverman’s research really gets to the heart of the paradox that the institution of captivity is an expression of care, even if that care justifies death and suffering. The zoo’s love is the kind of perverse love that painlessly smashes an infant mammal’s brain with a steel rod and dissects its carcass for public spectacle in the name of a wider scientific conservation mission. Nowhere demonstrates how spaces of care and killing, life and death, overlap quite like the zoo.

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