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Living wild and domestic : the education of a hunter-gardener
Kimber, Robert.
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2002]

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xiii, 208 pages ; 23 cm
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The question of what constitutes effective health communication has been addressed mainly by scholars working in American and European cultural contexts. Many people who could benefit most from effective health communication, however, come from different cultures. A prime example is the threat posed by HIV/AIDS to the people of South Africa. Although it is generally acknowledged that health communication needs to be tailored to the target audience s characteristics with cultural background being one of the most salient ones, little research has been done on how to achieve this. In this book, we bring together leading scholars in the field of health communication as well as communication scholars from South Africa. As such, it can serve as an example of the promises and the limitations of general health communication theories to local praxis as well as provide guidelines for the development of better health communication in South Africa.

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Robert Kimber's work has appeared in Audubon, Country Journal, Down East, Field & Stream, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, and Yankee. The Kimbers live on an old farm in Temple, Maine

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Why did Kimber delay moving his wood indoors for the winter to allow a deer mouse to relocate its babies, but then go and shoot a porcupine? Why did he risk collision on a rain-drenched road to escort a painted turtle across, but spend a lifetime killing deer and ptarmigan and fish? In these nimble, ruminative essays on man's responsibility to animals, Kimber's first book in more than a decade (after Upcountry: Reflections from a Rural Life), the writer and German translator elaborates his ideas about what it means to treat creatures humanely. He recalls a happy boyhood in which he lived to fish; the thrill of receiving his first real rod and rifle; and the pleasure of putting food on his own table for more than five decades, most recently on his farm in rural Maine. Yet all this isn't bloodsport, Kimber argues; he is a hunter-gatherer, not a sportsman, consuming what he shoots or catches rather than merely pursuing the thrill of the hunt. The mouse and the turtle lived because he could not use them responsibly; the porcupine had to be killed because it threatened his dog Lucey a circumstance he folds skillfully into his clear-eyed, level-headed naturalist philosophy, justified by the fact that he skinned that porcupine for stew. There is little sentimentality in Kimber's thoughtful book on his relationship with the animal and plant life around him; instead, there is enormous respect. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Prologue: Porcupine Stew and Asparagusp. 1
I. Kid Stuffp. 13
II. Growing Up Confusedp. 37
III. Ventures in the Stock Marketp. 57
IV. Dish-Fed Retainersp. 85
V. Context North: Hunting All the Timep. 105
VI. Food, Sport, and Wild Husbandbyp. 143
Epilogue: Asparagus Revisitedp. 183
Notesp. 193