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Species MattersHumane Advocacy and Cultural Theory$
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Michael Lundblad and Marianne DeKoven

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152839

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152839.001.0001

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Animality And Advocacy

(p.1) Introduction
Species Matters

Michael Lundblad

Marianne DeKoven

Columbia University Press

This book explores new and necessary questions about the relationship between animality and advocacy, such as whether animal advocacy suggests prioritizing the suffering of animals over the suffering of human beings. In other words, who comes first in activism, disenfranchised humans or animals. The book tackles this and other questions of animality in relation to constructions of human race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability by focusing not only on whether cultural studies should pay more attention to animal advocacy but also on whether animal studies should respond more broadly to the cultural politics of animality and “the animal.” It also asks why there has been resistance in the academy to linking advocacy for animals with advocacy for various human groups. Finally, it illustrates how animal studies remain a broad field with no mandatory form of advocacy and no necessary correlation with animal rights activism, in particular.

Keywords:   animality, animal advocacy, animals, humans, race, gender, cultural studies, animal studies, cultural politics, animal rights activism

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