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Education for Total Liberation

Critical Animal Pedagogy and Teaching Against Speciesism


Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, Carolyn Drew, Amber E. George, Sinem Ketenci, John Lupinacci, Ian Purdy and Joe Leeson-Schatz

Education for Total Liberation is a collection of essays from leaders in the field of critical animal pedagogy (CAP). CAP emerges from activist educators teaching critical animal studies and is rooted in critical theory as well as the animal advocacy movement. Critical animal studies (CAS) argues for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our relationships with nonhuman animals. CAS challenges two specific fields of theory: (1) animal studies, rooted in vivisection and testing on animals in the hard sciences and (2) human-animal studies, which reinforces a socially constructed binary between humans and animals and adopts abstract theoretical approaches. In contrast, CAS takes a progressive and committed approach to scholarship and sees the exploitation of nonhuman animals as interrelated with oppression of humans based on class, gender, race, ability, sexuality, age, and citizenship. CAS promotes the liberation of all animals and challenges all systems of domination. Education for Total Liberation is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level readers (and beyond) who wish to learn from examples of radical pedagogical projects shaped by CAS and critical pedagogy.

Contributing to this collection are Anne C. Bell, Anita de Melo, Carolyn Drew, Amber E. George, Karin Gunnarsson Dinker, Sinem Ketenci, John Lupinacci, Anthony J. Nocella II, Sean Parson, Helena Pedersen, Ian Purdy, Constance L. Russell, J.L. Schatz, Meneka Repka, William E. Shanahan III, and Richard J, White.

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The editors of this book would like to thank everyone involved with Peter Lang Publishing for believing in and supporting this project. We would like to thank everyone involved with the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Peace Studies Journal, Green Theory and Praxis Journal, Save the Kids, Arissa Media Group, and Poetry Behind the Walls. We would also like to thank all of the contributors, Anne C. Bell, Constance L. Russell, Karin Gunnarsson Dinker, Helena Pedersen, Sean Parson, Meneka Repka, Richard J. White, Anita de Melo, and William E. Shanahan III. We would also like to thank nonhuman animals, Animal Liberation Front and Animal Liberation ACT, and radical educators everywhere. John would like to acknowledge the human and nonhuman members of his family, the students and faculty in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought program at Washington State University, the radical activists sacrificing life and freedom for liberation, and all the radical activist-educators fighting in classrooms and communities to abolish the logics of domination pervasive in schools. Anthony would like to thank Becky, Carey, Mark, Dawn, Keri, Kate, and Janine in the Department of Sociology at Fort Lewis College. He would also like to thank Mari, Chris, Michael, Terry, Jorg, Carlos, Cam, Cannon, Olivia, Logahn, Sierra, Brenna, Arissa, Erik, Chiara, Kara, Damon, Chad, Tracy, Don, Arash, Ahmad, Laurie, Torie, Daniel, Janice, John, Sidney, Kaidee, Emma, MeKayla, Mikayla, Cleo, his family, his professors at Syracuse University, Fresno Pacific University, University of St. Thomas and...

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