Professor Garry Marvin

Professor of Human-Animal Studies (Anthropology)

Department of Life Sciences


Garry Marvin took his first degree at the University of East Anglia in 1974 and was awarded his PhD in anthropology (topic: The Bullfight: A Study of Human and Animal Nature in Andalusia) at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1982. He has lectured in anthropology at the Universities of East Anglia, St. Andrews and Swansea. Between 1986 and 1996 he worked as a researcher / producer for television documentary programmes and made films on foxhunting, bullfighting, religious movements in India, American football, Chinese exercise systems, social and cultural change in Spain, relationships, suicides in the River Thames, the life of a foreign correspondent. He joined Roehampton in 1996.


Nigel Rothfels and Garry Marvin are the editors of a new book series that has as its focus human-animal studies. 'Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures', Pennsylvania State University Press.



Research interests



(2008) L'Animal de Zoo: Un Role entre Sauvage et Domestique, 'Techniques & Culture' CNRS, 50, 102 - 119.

(2007) English Foxhunting: A Prohibited Practice, International Journal of Cultural Property, 14, 339 - 360.

(2005) Sensing Nature: Encountering the World in Hunting, Etnofoor , XVIII (1), 15 - 26.

(2003) Animal Encounters: Challenge and Contest in English Foxhunting, Ludicia: Annali di Storia e Civilita del Gioco. Treviso: Fondazione Benetton, 9, 140-151.

(1987) Davies, C. and Marvin, G. (1987) 'Control of the Wild in Andalusian Culture: Bull and Horse Imagery in Lorca from an Anthropological Perspective', Neophilogus, 71.


(1984) The Cockfight in Andalusia (Spain): Images of the Truly Male, Anthropological Quarterly, 57.

(1982) Una orientación para una interpretación antropológica de la fiesta del 'Toro Embolado', Kalathos, 2.


(2014) 'In It Together: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies' with Susan McHugh in Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies.

(2014) Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh - Editors

(2012) Wolf, Reaktion Books.

(2011) Enlivened Through Memory: Hunters and Hunting Trophies, in Sam Alberti (ed.) 'The Afterlives of Animals', University of Virginia Press.

(2011) Working Within: An Ethnographer in Human-Animal Worlds, in Margo DeMello (ed.) 'Animals and Society: An Introductionn to Human-Animal Studies', Columbia University Press.

(2010) Challenging Animals: Project and Process in Hunting, in Sarah Pilgrim and Jules Pretty (eds) 'Nature and Culture: Rebuilding Lost Connections',London: EarthScan.

(2010) Living With Dead Animals? Trophies as Souvenirs of the Hunt, in Nathan Kowalsky (ed.) 'Hunting-Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life', Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

(2010) Wolves in Sheep's and Other Clothing, in Dorothee Branz (ed.) 'Beastly Natures: Human-Animal Relations at the Intersection of Cultural and Evironmental History', Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

(2010) Working Within: An Ethnographer in Human-Animal Worlds, in Margo DeMello (ed.) 'Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies', NY: Columbia University Press.

(2009) Wolfe in Schafs - und anderen Pelzen, in Dorothee Branz und Christof Mauch (eds) 'Tiere in der Geschichte', Paderborn: Schonigh.

(2007) Acting the Part: Being a Zoo Animal , in Richard Billingham, 'Zoo', Birmingham: Vivid., 115 - 121.

(2007) Bodies in a Landscape: Engagements, Contests and Performances in English Foxhunting, in S.Coleman and T. Kohn (eds), 'The Discipline of Leisure', Oxford: Berghahn Books.

(2007) Turismo e citta d'arte. Quali costi sociali a Venezia?, (with Bob Davis) 'Turismo e Citta de'Arte '(ed. Gherardo Ortalli) Instituto Veneto, 15 - 20.

(2006) Killing Animals (with Animals Study Group), Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

(2006) Perpetuating Polar Bears: The Cultural Life of Dead Animals, in Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir and Mark Wilson, 'Nanoq: Flat Out and Bluesome: A Cultural Life of Polar Bears', London: Black Dog publishers., 157 - 165.

(2006) Research, Representations and Responsibilities, in S. Pink (ed), 'Anthropology in Action', Oxford: Berghahn Books, 191 - 208.

(2006) Wild Killing: Contesting the Animal in Hunting, in Animal Studies Group (Authors) 'Killing Animals', Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 10-29.

(2005) Disciplined Affection: The Making of a Pack of Foxhounds, in J Knight (ed), 'Animals in Person', Oxford: Berg , 61-77

(2004) Cockroach Executions, in C.Chalmers (ed.), 'American Cockroach', New York & London: Aperture/Thames and Hudson, 64 - 67.

Jeffery, T and McBride, A (2004) DIY for Problem Pets: A Possible Welfare Issue, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology', Ashland: Purdue University Press..

(2004) Seeing, Watching, Observing, Looking at Animals, G. Marvin (ed.), 'Visual Encounters - Special Edition of Society and Animals', Leiden: Koninklijke Bril NV, 13: 1, 1 - 11.

(2004)Davis, R.C. and Marvin, G.Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1 - 360.

(2003) A Passionate Pursuit: Foxhunting as Performance, 'Sociological Review': Blackwell Puboishers: Oxford, 52:2, 46 - 60.

(2003) A Passionate Pursuit: Foxhunting as Performance, in Szersyznski, B., Heim, W. and Waterton, C., 'Nature Performed: Environment, Culture & Performance', Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 46 - 60.

(2002) Inedibility, Unspeakability and the Structures of Pursuit in English Foxhunting, in N. Rothfels (ed), 'Representing Animals', Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 139-158.

(2000) Natural Instincts and Cultural Passions: Transformations and Performances in Foxhunting, 'Performance Research', London: Taylor & Francis, 5:2.

(2001) Cultured Killers: Creating and Representing Foxhounds, 'Society & Animals', Leiden: Koninklijke Bril NV, 9:3, pp273-292.

(2000) The Problem with Foxes; Licit and Illicit Killing in the English Countryside, in Knight, J. (ed), 'Natural Enemies: People - Wildlife Conflicts in Anthropological Perspective' London: Routledge.

(1999) Marvin, G. and Mullan, B. Zoo Culture, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.

(1987) Marvin, G. and Mullan, B. Zoo Culture , Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

(1986) Honour, Integrity and the Problem of Violence in the Spanish Bullfight, in Riches, D. (ed)., The Anthropology of Violence, Oxford: Basil Blackwell .

Marvin, G. (1984) The Beast Within and the Beast Without: Control and Dominance in the Spanish Bullfight, Blok, A. and Driessen, H (eds), Cultural Dominance in the Mediterranean Area, Publicatie-serie Vakgroen Culturele Antropologie K U Nijmegen, 16.


(1998) The Hunt, London: Cinema and BBC TV .

(1994) Bullfight, University of Illinois Press (new edition).

(1990) Coping with Spain, Basil Blackwell (translated into Japanese and French).

(1988) Bullfight, Basil Blackwell (translated into Japanese).

Davies, C. and Marvin, G. (1987) Control of the Wild in Andalusian Culture: Bull and Horse Imagery in Lorca from an Anthropological Perspective, Neophilogus, 71.

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