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Ants are legion: at present there are 11,006 species of ant known; they live everywhere in the world except the polar icecaps; and the combined weight of the ant population has been estimated to make up half the mass of all insects alive today.

When we encounter them outdoors, ants fascinate us; discovered in our kitchen cupboards, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleighs Ant elucidates the cultural reasons behind our varied reactions to these extraordinary insects, and considers the variety of responses that humans have expressed at different times and in different places to their intricate, miniature societies. Ants have figured as fantasy miniature armies, as models of good behavior, as infiltrating communists and as creatures on the borderline between the realms of the organic and the machine: in 1977 British Telecom hired ant experts to help solve problems with their massive information network.

This is the first book to examine ants in these and many other such guises, and in so doing opens up broader issues about the history of science and humans relations with the natural world. It will be of interest to anyone who likes natural history or cultural studies, or who has ever rushed out and bought a can of Raid™.

"[Charlotte Sleigh's] stylish, engaging and informative study deserves to win new members for the ant fan club."—Jonathan Bate, The Times

About the Author

Charlotte Sleigh is Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Ants as Minions

3. Ants as Models

4. The Enemy Without

5. The Enemy Within

6. Ants as Machines

7. The Ambiguous Ant

Timeline

References

Bibliography

Associations

Websites

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861891907
Author:
Sleigh, Charlotte
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.25 in

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