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Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies

A Historical Collection

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Amber E. George

Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection represents the very best that the internationally scholarly Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) has published in terms of articles that are written by public critical scholar-activists-organizers for public critical scholar-activists-organizers. This move toward publishing pieces about engaging social change, rather than high-theoretical detached analysis of nonhuman animals in society, is to regain focus for liberation at all costs. The essays in this collection focus on intersectionality scholarship within the realm of Critical Animal Studies, and discuss issues related to race, gender, disability, class, and queerness. Not only are these articles historically significant within the field of Critical Animal Studies, but they are integral to the overall social justice movement. Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection should be read by anyone interested in the Critical Animal Studies field, as we consider them to be classic writings that should be respected as foundational texts. There are many interesting and innovative texts, but these are historical, not only because they were published in JCAS, but because they were among the first to publish on a particular intersectional issue.

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Introduction: Respecting the Past, while Defending the Future of Critical Animal Studies (Amber E. George / Anthony J. Nocella II)

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Introduction

Respecting the Past, while Defending the Future of Critical Animal Studies

AMBER E. GEORGE AND ANTHONY J. NOCELLA II

 

About Critical Animal Studies

For the last ten years, Critical Animal Studies (CAS) has grown globally to a size that the half-dozen founders never thought it would. As every movement and field grows, so does its definition with new ideas, perspectives, and critiques. Within CAS, as within all academic fields, some academics want to benefit from the field, without dedicating themselves to CAS’s history, mission, vision, or definition. This book is dedicated to venerating the foundational ten principles of CAS, while also highlighting the CAS scholars who have emulated its tenets, rather than selfishly ignoring them and redefining the field to fit their opportunist, career-driven, co-opting agenda.

Often in academia, some scholars migrate from one popular issue or field to the next, without ever writing anything new or innovative on the subject. These types of scholars belong to the academic industrial complex, which is more concerned with churning out doctorates than generating innovative theories (Nocella II, Best, & McLaren, 2010). Not surprisingly, the academic industrial complex has been shaped by corporate and military interest (Nocella II & Gabbard, 2013). Unfortunately, this means that higher education is saturated with doctorates searching for teaching jobs, yet lacking in publications and teaching experience. Furthermore, many of these doctorates acquired their degrees from a for-profit institution,...

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