The Politics of Species: Reshaping our Relationships with Other Animals

The Politics of Species: Reshaping our Relationships with Other Animals

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Cambridge University Press, 9/5/2013
EAN 9781107032606, ISBN10: 1107032601

Hardcover, 310 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

The assumption that humans are cognitively and morally superior to other animals is fundamental to social democracies and legal systems worldwide. It legitimises treating members of other animal species as inferior to humans. The last few decades have seen a growing awareness of this issue, as evidence continues to show that individuals of many other species have rich mental, emotional and social lives. Bringing together leading experts from a range of disciplines, this volume identifies the key barriers to a definition of moral respect that includes nonhuman animals. It sets out to increase concern, empathy and inclusiveness by developing strategies that can be used to protect other animals from exploitation in the wild and from suffering in captivity. The chapters link scientific data with normative and philosophical reflections, offering unique insight into controversial issues around the ethical, political and legal status of other species.

List of contributors
between exploitation and respectful coexistence Raymond Corbey and Annette Lanjouw
Part I. Moving Beyond Speciesism
1. How speciesism undermines compassionate conservation and social justice Marc Bekoff
2. The rights of sentient beings
moving beyond old and new speciesism Joan Dunayer
3. Indexically yours
why being human is more like being here than like being water David Livingstone Smith
4. Apeism and racism
reasons and remedies Edouard Machery
5. 'Race' and species in the post-WW2 United Nations discourse on human rights Raymond Corbey
6. Addressing the animal-industrial complex Richard Twine
Part II. Sentience and Agency
7. Humans, dolphins and moral inclusivity Lori Marino
8. The expression of grief in monkeys, apes and other animals Barbara J. King
9. Great ape mindreading
what's at stake? Kristin Andrews
10. Intersubjective engagements without theory of mind
a cross-species comparison Daniel Hutto
11. 'Unnatural behaviour'
obstacle or insight at the species interface? Lucy Birkett and William McGrew
12. Animals as persons in Sumatra Jet Bakels
13. Interspecies love
being and becoming with a common ant, Ectatomma ruidum (Roger) Eben Kirksey
Part III. Towards Respectful Coexistence
14. Social minds and social selves
redefining the human-alloprimate interface Agustin Fuentes
15. The human-macaque interface in the Sulawesi Highlands Erin Riley
16. The fabric of life
linking conservation and welfare Annette Lanjouw
17. Home flocks
deindustrial domestications on the coop tour Molly Mullin
18. Entangled empathy
an alternative approach to animal ethics Lori Gruen
19. Extending human research protections to nonhuman animals Hope Ferdowsian and Chong Choe
20. The capacity of nonhuman animals for legal personhood and legal rights Steven Wise
Afterword Jon Stryker

Advance praise: 'Whereas everybody agrees that making the world a better place is a worthwhile endeavour, an open question remains: better for whom? The Politics of Species brilliantly highlights the scientific, moral and political importance of this topical question. Having done penance for their wrongs of racism, xenophobia, class hatred and sexism, Western societies need to engage in ethical reflexion about the merciless domination and exploitation they inflict on animals. In a series of fascinating case studies, leading experts from a broad range of disciplines supply such a reflexion with a rich factual and conceptual basis, linking scientific data with normative and philosophical ideas in a plea for a renewed moral vision of relationships between humans and nonhuman beings.' Wiktor Stoczkowski, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales