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Social Scientific Analysis of Human-Animal Sexual Interactions

Departamento de Antropología Social, Psicología Básica y Salud Pública, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, Carretera de Utrera Km 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Animals 2020, 10(10), 1780;
Received: 29 August 2020 / Revised: 19 September 2020 / Accepted: 26 September 2020 / Published: 1 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Encountering Animals)
Sexual relations between humans and animals have been fundamentally approached as a pathology within the fields of health science and biomedical science. Such research has not taken into account the contextual and symbolic nature of so-called zoophilia. Very few studies have analysed zoophilia from the perspective of the social sciences. The taboo surrounding these practices has silenced a reality that is present in countless societies. This paper examines the different ways in which this phenomenon has been tackled in disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and history, allowing us to understand the different meanings and significances of zoophilia depending on the historical and cultural context. The category of zoophilia encompasses a plural reality. Factors such as age, gender or the unequal significance of animals help us to understand a complex phenomenon, which calls into question the radical separation between humans and animals, as highlighted by more recent research within the field of anthropology.
An ontological shift has led to a revitalisation of the research area that, within the social sciences, deals with the interactions between humans and animals. However, there are topics which are still taboo: interspecies sexuality. Sexual practices between humans and animals have been fundamentally analysed from a medical perspective, failing to consider the influence of cultural context. Departing from a thorough bibliographical revision, here we revise the approaches that, both from sociology and anthropology, have been used to analyse this phenomenon from different perspectives, including bestiality, zoophilia, and zoosexuality. View Full-Text
Keywords: bestiality; human-animal sexual relations; zoophilia bestiality; human-animal sexual relations; zoophilia
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Valcuende del Río, J.M.; Cáceres-Feria, R. Social Scientific Analysis of Human-Animal Sexual Interactions. Animals 2020, 10, 1780.

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Valcuende del Río JM, Cáceres-Feria R. Social Scientific Analysis of Human-Animal Sexual Interactions. Animals. 2020; 10(10):1780.

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Valcuende del Río, José M., and Rafael Cáceres-Feria. 2020. "Social Scientific Analysis of Human-Animal Sexual Interactions" Animals 10, no. 10: 1780.

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