Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

Kobo ebook | January 10, 2012

byMarianne DeKoven, Michael Lundblad

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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 studies—specifically cultural theory—should 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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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 fo...

Marianne DeKoven is professor of English at Rutgers University and a recipient of both Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Her books include Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern, which won the Perkins Award from the Society of Narrative Literature; Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism; and A D...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Animality and Advocacy, by Michael Lundblad and Marianne DeKoven
1. Species Matters, Humane Advocacy: In the Promising Grip of Earthly Oxymorons, by Donna Haraway
2. Humane Advocacy and the Humanities: The Very Idea, by Cary Wolfe
3. Consequences of Humanism, or, Advocating What?, by Paola Cavalieri
4. Archaeology of a Humane Society: Animality, Savagery, Blackness, by Michael Lundblad
5. What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Activist Roots of a Critical Theory, by Carol J. Adams
6. Compassion: Human and Animal, by Martha Nussbaum
7. Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness, by Frans de Waal
Addendum to Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness (2010), by Frans de Waal
8. Avoid Being Abstract When Making Policies on the Welfare of Animals, by Temple Grandin
Contributors
Index

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Intellectually and politically challenging, this provocative collection provides a solid introduction to the field's breadth and a contribution to the debate for those already engaged with the question of the animal.Choice