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Defining Critical Animal Studies

An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation


Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, John Sorenson, Kim Socha and Atsuko Matsuoka

This is the first book to define the philosophical and practical parameters of critical animal studies (CAS). Rooted in anarchist perspectives that oppose all systems of domination and authoritarianism, CAS both challenges anthropocentrism and presents animal liberation as a social justice movement that intersects with other movements for positive change. Written by a collection of internationally respected scholar-activists, each chapter expands upon the theory and practice underlying the total liberation approach, the roles of academics and activists, and the ten principles of CAS. With apolitical animal studies and exploitative animal research dominating higher education, this book offers a timely counter-narrative that demands the liberation of all oppressed beings and the environment. Defining Critical Animal Studies will interest educators, students, activists, community members, and policy makers seeking accessible theory that can be put into action.
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10 Taking it to the Streets: Challenging Systems of Domination from Below Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth


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Taking It to the Streets

Challenging Systems of Domination from Below

Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth

Anarchism is the goal that we pursue: the absence of domination.      —Gustav Landauer

Drawing on anarchist theory and practice, this chapter carries forward the invitation to “take it to the streets” by focusing on ways to provoke the individual consciousness to think critically and act constructively, to challenge systems of exploitation, injustice, domination, oppression, torture, and killing that concern humans and nonhuman animals. In this way, the chapter emphasises the fact that anarchist praxis has much to offer the excellent contribution that Critical Animal Studies (CAS) has brought to understanding the interlocking nature of systems of power and domination.

The principal aim of this chapter is to invite the reader to make new—or renewed—engagements with anarchist theory and praxis as a framework with which to better confront, challenge, and subvert the exploitative and violent interlocking systems that underpin the treatment of both humans and nonhuman animals in society. Drawing on the approach adopted by important anarchist thinkers, particularly the geographer Élisée Reclus, our intention is to stir the emotional registers of the individual reader and provoke action by emphasizing the ways in which the suffering and death of nonhuman animals is thoroughly embedded in ordinary spaces of the everyday. This chapter emphasizes the micro-geographies of domination by positing individuals and their local milieu as a...

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