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The Politics of Species
Reshaping our Relationships with Other Animals

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Raymond Corbey, Annette Lanjouw, Marc Bekoff, Joan Dunayer, David Livingstone Smith, Edouard Machery, Richard Twine, Lori Marino, Barbara J. King, Kristin Andrews, Daniel Hutto, Lucy Birkett, William McGrew, Jet Bakels, Eben Kirksey, Agustin Fuentes, Erin Riley, Molly Mullin, Lori Gruen, Hope Ferdowsian, Chong Choe, Steven Wise, Jon Stryker
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107434875

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  • 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.

    • Brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines who provide contextualized illustrations of a variety of human-nonhuman relationships
    • Connects scientific data with normative and philosophical reflections, offering unique insight into the ethical, political and legal status of other species
    • Identifies the key barriers to a definition of moral respect that includes nonhuman animals, setting out strategies for increasing concern, empathy and inclusiveness
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    "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

    "The speciesist postulate of a fundamental difference between Man and the animals, at least in some major religious and cultural traditions, may well find its chief raison d’être in that it comfortably soothes possible emotional concerns about our dealings with animals. Seeing others as different makes it easier to deny them rights and to exploit and enslave them. The editors of this book have to be complimented for bringing together a great collection of chapters by experts from a diversity of disciplines, dealing in depth with the various issues involved. There are more idealistic and more pragmatic stances in the book, but these all converge on the conclusion that our recent insights in animal behaviour and cognition force us to rethink and reshape our relations with animals to guarantee a sustainable and acceptable community of life forms on this planet in respectful co-existence."
    J. A. R. A. M. van Hooff, Utrecht University

    "… offer[s] up a thought-provoking range of ideas and approaches for considering the status of non-humans in contemporary societies."
    S. C. Baker, Choice

    "The Politics of Species takes a hard look at our cultural assumptions of humanity's profound separation from and superiority to other animal species, and the many abuses of non-humans that follow from those assumptions … overall, the book provides an excellent introduction to the focused issue of human domination of non-human animals, and contains new arguments which will engage people already familiar with the discourse."
    Ian Werkheiser, Biological Conservation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107434875
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Introduction: 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
    References
    Index.

  • Editors

    Raymond Corbey, Universiteit van Tilburg, and Universiteit Leiden The Netherlands
    Raymond Corbey is Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at Tilburg University and Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has a keen interest in animal cognition and human-animal relations in various settings, ranging from hominin evolution and extant foraging peoples to the globalized economy. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Apes, also published by Cambridge University Press (2005).

    Annette Lanjouw, Arcus Foundation, New York
    Annette Lanjouw is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the Great Apes Program at the Arcus Foundation, the largest private funder of great ape conservation and sanctuaries in the world. She has studied bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild, and currently brings her experience in the areas of behavioral ecology, conservation strategy, organizational management, institutional development and policy to her work across Africa and SE Asia.

    Contributors

    Raymond Corbey, Annette Lanjouw, Marc Bekoff, Joan Dunayer, David Livingstone Smith, Edouard Machery, Richard Twine, Lori Marino, Barbara J. King, Kristin Andrews, Daniel Hutto, Lucy Birkett, William McGrew, Jet Bakels, Eben Kirksey, Agustin Fuentes, Erin Riley, Molly Mullin, Lori Gruen, Hope Ferdowsian, Chong Choe, Steven Wise, Jon Stryker

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