1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies

Edited By Laura Wright Copyright 2021
    444 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    444 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This wide-ranging volume explores the tension between the dietary practice of veganism and the manifestation, construction, and representation of a vegan identity in today’s society.

    Emerging in the early 21st century, vegan studies is distinct from more familiar conceptions of "animal studies," an umbrella term for a three-pronged field that gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of critical animal studies, human animal studies, and posthumanism. While veganism is a consideration of these modes of inquiry, it is a decidedly different entity, an ethical delineator that for many scholars marks a complicated boundary between theoretical pursuit and lived experience. The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies is the must-have reference for the important topics, problems, and key debates in the subject area and is the first of its kind. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into five parts:

    • History of vegan studies
    • Vegan studies in the disciplines
    • Theoretical intersections
    • Contemporary media entanglements
    • Veganism around the world

    These sections contextualize veganism beyond its status as a dietary choice, situating veganism within broader social, ethical, legal, theoretical, and artistic discourses. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers of vegan studies, animal studies, and environmental ethics.

    PART 1 History and foundational texts

    1 Framing vegan studies: vegetarianism, veganism, animal studies, ecofeminism

    Laura Wright

    2 Pythagoras, Plutarch, Porphyry, and the ancient defense of the vegetarian choice

    Joanna Komorowska

    3 Vegetarian and vegan histories

    Tom Hertweck

    4 The analytic philosophers: Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights

    Josh Milburn

    5 The "posthumanists": Cary Wolfe and Donna Haraway

    Eva Giraud

    PART 2 Vegan studies in the disciplines: humanities

    6 Vegan literature for children: epistemic resistance, agency, and the Anthropocene

    Marzena Kubisz

    7 Veganism, ecoethics, and climate change in Margaret Atwood’s "MaddAddam" trilogy

    Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

    8 Vegan Cervantes: meat consumption and social degradation in Dialogue of the Dogs

    José Manuel Marrero Henríquez

    9 A quiet riot: veganism as anti-capitalism and ecofeminist revolt in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

    Liz Mayo

    10 Causal impotence and veganism: recent developments and possible ways forward

    David Killoren

    11 By any means of persuasion necessary: the rhetoric of veganism

    Christopher Garland

    1 2 Veganism and the U.S. legal system

    Tim Phillips

    13 Vegan studies in sociology

    Elizabeth Cherry

    14 Psychology and vegan studies

    Adam Feltz and Silke Feltz

    15 Vegan studies and food studies

    Jessica Holmes

    PART 3 Vegan studies in the disciplines: religion

    16 Veganism and Christianity

    Allison Covey

    17 Yes, but is it Kosher? Varying religio-cultural perspectives on Judaism and veganism

    Barry L. Stiefel

    18 Veganism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India: a geo-cultural inquiry

    Saurav Kumar

    19 The interface between "identity" and "aspiration": reading the Buddhist teachings through a vegan lens

    Joyjit Ghosh and Krishanu Maiti

    20 Veganism and Islam

    Magfirah Dahlan

    PART 4 Theoretical engagements

    21 A vegan ecofeminist queer ecological view of ecocriticism: a Costa Rican natureculture walk in literary/environmental studyland

    Adriana Jiménez Rodríguez

    22 Veganism in Critical Animal Studies: humanist and post-humanist perspectives

    Jonathan Sparks-Franklin

    23 Vegan studies and queer theory

    Emelia Quinn

    24 "You would betray your own mother for meat": a postcolonial vegan reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

    Sarah Rhu and Laura Wright

    25 Radical recipe: veganism as anti-racism

    Marilisa C. Navarro

    26 Vegan studies and gender studies

    Alex Lockwood

    PART 5 Veganism in the media

    27 Screening veganism: the production, rhetoric, and reception of vegan advocacy films

    Alexa Weik von Mossner

    28 (Mis)representing veganism in film and television

    Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart

    29 Merchandizing veganism

    Simon C. Estok

    30 "Friends don’t let friends eat tofu": a rhetorical analysis of fast food corporation "anti-vegan-options," advertisements

    Erin Trauth

    31 The vegan myth: the rhetoric of online anti-veganism

    Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero and Margarita Carretero-González

    PART 6 Vegan geographies

    32 Vegan food tourism: experiences and implications

    Francesc Fusté-Forné

    33 Toward a new humanity: animal cruelty in China in light of COVID-19

    Ruth Y.Y. Hung

    34 Vegan geographies in Ireland

    Corey Wrenn


    Laura Wright is a professor in the Department of English at Western Carolina University, USA.