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The Rise of Critical Animal Studies
From the Margins to the Centre

ISBN 9780415858571
Published March 25, 2014 by Routledge
306 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As the scholarly and interdisciplinary study of human/animal relations becomes crucial to the urgent questions of our time, notably in relation to environmental crisis, this collection explores the inner tensions within the relatively new and broad field of animal studies. This provides a platform for the latest critical thinking on the condition and experience of animals. The volume is structured around four sections:

  • engaging theory
  • doing critical animal studies
  • critical animal studies and anti-capitalism
  • contesting the human, liberating the animal: veganism and activism.

The Rise of Critical Animal Studies demonstrates the centrality of the contribution of critical animal studies to vitally important contemporary debates and considers future directions for the field. This edited collection will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, gender studies, psychology, geography, and social work.

Table of Contents

Locating the ‘Critical’ in Critical Animal Studies by Nik Taylor and Richard Twine Part I: Engaging Theory 1. Beyond Speciesism: Intersectionality, Critical Sociology and the Human Domination of Other Animals by Erika Cudworth 2. From Centre to Margins and Back Again: Critical Animal Studies and the Reflexive Human Self by Kay Peggs 3. Vegans on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Sarah Salih Part II: Doing Critical Animal Studies 4. Listening to Voices: On the Pleasures and Problems of Studying Human-Animal Relationships by Lynda Birke 5. Studying Perpetrators of Socially-Sanctioned Violence against Animals through the I / eye of the CAS Scholar by Jess Gröling 6. Doing Critical Animal Studies Differently: Reflexivity and Intersectionality in Practice by Nathan Stephens Griffin Part III: Critical Animal Studies and Anti-Capitalism 7. Labourers or Lab Tools? Rethinking the Role of Lab Animals in Clinical Trials by Jonathan Clark 8. The Cultural Hegemony of Meat and the Animal Industrial Complex by Amy Fitzgerald and Nik Taylor 9. Mapping Non-human Resistance in the Age of Biocapital by Agnieszka Kowalczyk Part IV: Contesting the Human, Liberating the Animal: Veganism and Activism 10. ‘The Greatest Cause on Earth’: The Historical Formation of Veganism as an Ethical Practice by Matthew Cole 11. On the Limits of Food Autonomy: Rethinking Choice and Privacy by Stephanie Jenkins and Richard Twine 12. The Radical Debate: A Straw Man in the Movement? by Carol S. Glasser. Conclusion: Future Directions for Critical Animal Studies by Helena Pedersen and Vasile Stanescu

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Nik Taylor is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Flinders University in South Australia where she teaches and researches on human-animal relations.

Richard Twine is a sociologist and has most recently held positions at the Universities of Glasgow and Lancaster.


"Indispensable for anyone concerned with how badly humans treat each other, other animals, and the environment. Summing Up: Essential" - P. Beirne, University of Southern Maine for CHOICE