Species Matters Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory
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The question of the animal has preoccupied an increasing number of humanities, science, and social science scholars in recent years, and important work continues to expand the burgeoning field of animal studies. However, a key question still needs to be explored: Why has the academy struggled to link advocacy for animals to advocacy for various human groups? Within cultural studies, in which advocacy can take the form of a theoretical intervention, scholars have resisted arguments that add "species" to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other human-identity categories as a site for critical analysis.Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory considers whether and why cultural studiesspecifically cultural theoryshould pay more attention to animal advocacy and whether or why animal studies should pay more attention to questions raised by cultural theory. The contributors to this volume focus on the "humane" treatment of animals and various human groups and the implications, both theoretical and practical, of blurring the distinction between "the human" and "the animal." This anthology addresses important questions raised by the history of representing humans as the only animal capable of acting humanely, providing a framework for reconsidering the nature of humane discourse, whether in theory, literary and cultural texts, or current advocacy movements outside of the academy.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2012
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: Animality and Advocacy|
|Species Matters, Humane Advocacy: In the Promising Grip of Earthly Oxymorons|
|Humane Advocacy and the Humanities: The Very Idea|
|Consequences of Humanism, or, Advocating What?|
|Archaeology of a Humane Society: Animality, Savagery, Blackness|
|What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Activist Roots of a Critical Theory|
|Compassion: Human and Animal|
|Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness|
|Addendum to Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness (2010)|
|Avoid Being Abstract When Making Policies on the Welfare of Animals|