Critical Theory and Animal Liberation

Critical Theory and Animal Liberation is the first collection to approach our relationship with other animals from the critical or "left" tradition in political and social thought. Breaking with past treatments that have framed the problem as one of "animal rights," the authors instead depict the exploitation and killing of other animals as a political question of the first order. The contributions highlight connections between our everyday treatment of animals and other forms of social power, mass violence, and domination, from capitalism and patriarchy to genocide, fascism, and ecocide.

Contributors include well-known writers in the field as well as scholars in other areas writing on animals for the first time. Among other things, the authors apply Freud's theory of repression to our relationship to the animal, debunk the "Locavore" movement, expose the sexism of the animal defense movement, and point the way toward a new transformative politics that would encompass the human and animal alike.

Maison d’édition : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Part I: Commodity Fetishism and Structural Violence
1 - Karen Davis, Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity and Welfare Problems
2 - Dennis Soron, Road Kill: Commodity Fetishism and Structural Violence
3 - Carl Boggs, Corporate Power, Ecological Crisis, and Animal Rights

Part II: Animals, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School

4 - Ted Benton, Humanism=Speciesism?: Marx on Humans and Animals
5 - Renzo Llorente, Reflections on the Prospects for a Non-Speciesist Marxism
6 - Christina Gerhardt, Thinking With: Animals in Schopenhauer, Horkheimer, and Adorno
7 - Eduardo Mendieta, Animal ls to Kantianism as Jew ls to Fascism: Adornos Bestiary

Part III: Speciesism and Ideologies of Domination


8 - Aaron Bell, The Dialectic of Anthropocentrism
9 - Zipporah Weisberg, Animal Repression: Speciesism as Pathology 10 Susan Benston, Neuroscience (a Poem)
11 - Victoria Johnson, Everyday Rituals of the Master Race: Fascism, Stratification, and the Fluidity of "Animal" Domination

Part IV: Problems in Praxis

12 - John Sorenson, Constructing Extremists, Rejecting Compassion: Ideological Attacks on Animal Advocacy from Right and Left
13 - Vasile Stanescu, "Green" Eggs and Ham?: The Myth of Sustainable Meat and the Danger of the Local
14 - Carol J. Adams, After MacKinnon: Sexual Inequality in the Animal Movement
15 - Josephine Donovan, Sympathy and Interspecies Care: Toward a Unified Theory of Eco- and Animal Liberation
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