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Thinking about bonsai trees

Judith Shklar, 18 April 1985

Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets 
by Yi-Fu Tuan.
Yale, 193 pp., £15.95, October 1984, 0 300 03222 6
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... Yi-Fu Tuan’s Dominance and Affection is not, as its title might suggest, about people who like and love their oppressors. It is an account of the many ways in which the strong torment the weak of whom they claim to be fond. Overtly hostile acts produce victims, but affection also has aggressive impulses and it creates what Tuan calls ‘pets ...

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