Power, Knowledge, Animals by L. Johnson

Power, Knowledge, Animals

byL. Johnson

Hardcover | October 10, 2012

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Amid the debates about the status of animals in western civilization, one 'truth' about them remains relatively unchanging in contemporary legal thought: animals are merely personal property. But, in other times and places, animals have been understood differently. They have variously been conceptualized as ensouled, rational, or existing for reasons quite apart from their 'use' to humans. Can a new truth about animals ever emerge again, so that they are understood as something besides property? This Foucaultian critique of thought about animals examines the 'truth' about animals as merely an historical contingency, variable according to the conditions that have allowed the production of that 'truth,' and certainly one that could change. The contemporary emergences of numerous animal studies programs in academia may signify that such a change in power-knowledge is afoot – one that may resurrect a new truth about animals from discourses that have long been subjugated.

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LISA JOHNSON is an Associate Professor at the University of Puget Sound, USA, where she teaches law, ethics, environmental law, and animals and the law.
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Title:Power, Knowledge, AnimalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 10, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230282571

ISBN - 13:9780230282575

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction
The Essential Political Problem
Contemporary Discourses about Animals
Insurrection
On Blindness to Being
Parallelisms (Or, the Changeable Nature of Knowledge)
References
Index