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Critical Animal Studies
Thinking the Unthinkable
Edited by John Sorenson
Engaging and passionate, this contemporary work provokes new ways of thinking about animal-human interaction. A cutting-edge volume of original essays, Critical Animal Studies examines our exploitation and commodification of non-human animals. By inquiring into the contradictions that have shaped our understanding of animals, the contributors of this collection have set out to question the systemic oppression inherent in our treatment of animals. The collection closes with a thoughtful consideration of some of the complexities of activism, as well as a discussion of how to further the progress of animal rights.Analyzing economic, ethical, historical, and sociological aspects of human-animal relations, this interdisciplinary volume is a must-read for all upper-level students in animal studies, critical animal studies, animals and society, and anthrozoology courses.Features:
- draws together contributions from some of the most active and committed individuals advancing the field of critical animal studies
- takes a revolutionary approach to mainstream animal studies by advocating for justice from a politically progressive, abolitionist perspective
- supports curricular objectives of animal studies courses by encouraging students to critically analyze the shifting roles of animals in contemporary Western society and their consequences
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking the Unthinkable – John SorensonSECTION 1: Why Animals Matter1. Animals, Immigrants, and Profits: Slaughterhouses and the Political Economy of Oppression – David Nibert2. The War on Compassion – Carol J. Adams3. The Animal of Bad Faith: Speciesism as an Existential Project – John Sanbonmatsu4. Fragments of an Animalist Politics: Veganism and Liberation – Kris ForkasiewiczSECTION 2: Academic Contradictions5. The Role of Evolutionary Thought in Animal Ethics – Rod Preece6. Animals as Subjects and the Rehabilitation of Humanism – Gary Steiner7. The Trouble With Posthumanism: Bacteria Are People Too – Zipporah Weisberg8. Your Dog or Your Child – Ray GreekSECTION 3: Justice and Captivity9. Looking at Fragments of Nature: A Perspective on Zoo and Aquarium Captivity – Rob Laidlaw10. Gay Penguins and Other Inmates in the Canadian Legal System – Lesli BisgouldSECTION 4: Animals, Food, Power and Human Identity11. Anthropomorphic Visions of Chickens Bred for Human Consumption – Karen Davis12. Animal Welfare Issues in the Canadian Dairy Industry – Olivier Berreville13. Spinning the Pig: The Language of Industrial Pork Production – Dana Medoro14. Crocodile Tears, Compassionate Carnivores and the Marketing of “Happy Meat” – Vasile Stanescu15. “Too Sexy for Your Meat”: Vegan Sexuality and the Intimate Rejection of Carnism – Annie Potts and Jovian ParrySECTION 5: Activism and Education16. Simplicity, Complexity, and Chaos in ABC: Obstacles to the Successful Implementation of Dog Population Management in India – Lisa Warden17. “Expanding My Universe”: Critical Animal Studies Education as Theory, Politics, and Practice – Tobias Linné and Helena Pedersen18. “A Mute Yet Eloquent Protest”: Visual Culture and Anti-Vivisection Activism in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – J. Keri Cronin19. Animal Rights: Moral Crusade or Social Movement? – Kim Stallwood20. Let’s Not Give Up Before We Even Get Started: Why Today’s Animal Advocates Should Be Inspired by the English Anti-Slavery Movement – James LaVeckContributor BiographiesCopyright AcknowledgementsIndex
"Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable is a very important contribution to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of critical animal studies."— Marc Bekoff, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
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