Phoenix Zones

Where Strength Is Born and Resilience Lives

Hope Ferdowsian

Phoenix Zones

Hope Ferdowsian

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9780226475936 Will Publish March 2018
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226476094 Will Publish March 2018
Few things get our compassion flowing like the sight of suffering. But our response to suffering is often shaped by our ability to empathize with others. Some people respond to the suffering of only humans, and may relate to one person’s suffering more than another’s. Others react more strongly to the suffering of an animal than to human suffering. These facts can be troubling—but they are also a reminder that trauma and suffering are endured by all beings, and we can learn lessons about their aftermath, even across species.
 
With Phoenix Zones, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian shows us how. Ferdowsian has spent years traveling the world to work with people and animals who have endured trauma—war, abuse, displacement. Here, she combines compelling stories of survivors with the latest science on resilience to help us understand the link between violence against people and animals and the biological foundations of recovery, peace, and hope. Taking us to the sanctuaries that give the book its title, she shows us how the injured can heal and thrive if we attend to key principles: respect for liberty and sovereignty, a commitment to love and tolerance, the promotion of justice, and a fundamental belief that each individual possesses dignity. Courageous tales show us how: stories of combat veterans and wolves recovering together at a California refuge, Congolese women thriving in one of the most dangerous places on earth, abused chimpanzees finding peace in a Washington sanctuary, and refugees seeking care at Ferdowsian’s own clinic.
 
These are not easy stories. Suffering is real, and recovery is hard. But resilience is real, too, and Phoenix Zones shows how we can foster it. It reveals the importance of considering people and animals both as individuals deserving of a chance to live up to their full potential—and how such a view could inspire solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
Contents
Introduction

Part 1: The Clues: Finding Hope amid Despair
Chapter 1: The Phoenix Effect: From Oppression and Vulnerability to Strength and Resilience
Chapter 2: Unearthing the Shared Roots of Violence and Vulnerability

Part 2: The Quest: Phoenix Zones—Principles in Action
Chapter 3: Liberty: Refuge for Asylum Seekers and Chimpanzees
Chapter 4: Sovereignty: Global Sanctuary for Unchained Elephants and People
Chapter 5: Love and Tolerance: Combat Veterans and Wolves in a Desert Forest
Chapter 6: Justice: Shelter for Homeless Children and Their Companion Animals
Chapter 7: Hope and Opportunity: Rising Women, Girls, and Gorillas in Congo
Chapter 8: Dignity: Safe Harbor for Degraded People and Farm Animals

Part 3: The Rise: Building Phoenix Zones in a Conflicted World
Chapter 9: What Can We Learn from Phoenix Zones?
Chapter 10: Openings to the Impossible

Acknowledgments
Resources
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project
"Human and nonhuman animal rights activist Dr. Hope Ferdowsian has witnessed the horrific effects of brutality directed at both. Phoenix Zones are sanctuaries throughout the earth that extraordinary people have created to allow these dignified human and nonhuman victims to reclaim their lives. An acute observer of all animals, human and nonhuman, Hope's fine prose and deftly drawn portraits allow us to understand how we can not only support these Phoenix Zones, but create a world in which they become obsolete."
Ingrid Newkirk, president and cofounder of PETA
"An extraordinary, vital book that demonstrates how trauma runs deep, not recognizing gender, race, nationality, age or species. An absorbing read that combines hard science with adventure, personal observation, and compassion."
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