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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.
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.
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.