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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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Alessandro “Alex” Arrigoni, PhD, was born in 1971 in Italy. He pursued his undergraduate degree in philosophy, with his thesis, Animal Rights: Toward a Civilization Without Blood, published in 1998. In 2006, he received his doctorate at Siena University on the topic of human and nonhuman animal relationships from a zoo-anthropological perspective. In 2007, Alex co-presented the exhibit Zoomania: Animals, Hybrids and Monsters in Human Cultures. Currently, he works for an Italian association that fights for people with disabilities’ rights and is described in his chapter in Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement (2012).

Sarat Colling has a degree in writing, rhetoric, and discourse and is pursuing a master’s in critical sociology at Brock University. Her research interests include critical animal studies, animal geographies, anarchism, and transnational feminism. Her current work examines the experience and representations of animals who have escaped from factory farms and slaughterhouses. Sarat has volunteered for environmental, animal, and social justice organizations in BC and Ontario. She is the founder of Political Media Review and coauthor of Love and Liberation: An Animal Liberation Front Story.

Lauren Corman teaches critical animal studies in the Department of Sociology, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada. She is currently completing her PhD in environmental studies at York University. She was a host and producer of the animal advocacy radio program and podcast, “Animal Voices,” on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto from 2001 to 2009, a show she still...

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