By Colin Jerolmack

The pigeon is the integral urban fowl. Domesticated hundreds of thousands of years in the past as a messenger and a resource of foodstuff, its presence on our sidewalks is so universal that individuals examine the poultry a nuisance--if they discover it in any respect. but pigeons also are saved for excitement, recreation, and revenue via humans around the globe, from the "pigeon wars" waged by way of breeding lovers within the skies over Brooklyn to the Million buck Pigeon Race held each year in South Africa.


Drawing on greater than 3 years of fieldwork throughout 3 continents, Colin Jerolmack strains our advanced and sometimes contradictory dating with those flexible animals in public areas akin to Venice's Piazza San Marco and London's Trafalgar sq. and in working-class and immigrant groups of pigeon breeders in long island and Berlin. via exploring what he calls "the social adventure of animals," Jerolmack exhibits how our interactions with pigeons supply astonishing insights into urban lifestyles, neighborhood, tradition, and politics. Theoretically understated and obtainable to readers of all stripes, The international Pigeon is the most effective and most unusual ethnographies to be released in decades.

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