Department of Life Sciences

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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.

Rebecca Cassidy (Goldsmiths) and Garry Marvin are the editors of a new Routledge book series in the field of Human-Animal Studies - MultiSepecies Anthropology: New Ethnographies.



Research interests

The main focus of his research is that of human / animal relationships and he has written on bullfighting, cockfighting and zoos. For the past few years he has been conducting anthropological fieldwork on foxhunting in England and he is now writing a book on the culture(s) and meaning(s) of foxhunting. His other main research projects are a study of the cultural history of the wolf; the experiences and activities of sports hunters; taxidermised hunting trophies; conservation and human-wildlife conflicts.

Research outputs

  1. The Responsible Dog Owner: The Construction of Responsibility

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. 'Insight into Africa: Wildlife Tourism as Educational Transformation'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. El Capote de Paseo: Marcando una Transformacion y un Pasaje

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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