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Confusing Cosmopolitanism

Confusing Cosmopolitanism Kaori Nagai, Karen Jones, Donna Landry, Monica Mattfield, Caroline Rooney, and Charlotte Sleigh (Eds.)Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. xxi, 253 pp.Cosmopolitan Animals is an edited collection based on a 2012 conference of the same name held in the United Kingdom. The chapters are inspired by the work of Donna Haraway, who, along with Simon Glendinning, was a keynote speaker at the conference and contributed a short preface to the book. Haraway has achieved some prominence in mainstream animal studies, but she has been critiqued for her failure to offer any ethical or political critique of the commodification of nonhuman animals (Sanbonmatsu, 2004, p. 61); for her attacks on animal rights and veganism (Rodriguez, 2014); and as an apologist for animal abuse, providing “ideological cover for such violent practices as animal experimentation, genetic engineering, dog breeding and training, killing animals for food and hunting” (Weisberg, 2009, p. 23). It is not suprising then that the contributors to this book fail to engage with any of the literature coming from a Critical Animal Studies perspective. Instead, most cite not only Haraway but also the usual postmodern panoply and hew to rather non-threatening and apolitical ideas about the interconnectedness of humans with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Society & Animals Brill

Confusing Cosmopolitanism

Society & Animals , Volume 25 (6): 3 – Oct 20, 2017

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1063-1119
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1568-5306
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10.1163/15685306-12341475
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Kaori Nagai, Karen Jones, Donna Landry, Monica Mattfield, Caroline Rooney, and Charlotte Sleigh (Eds.)Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. xxi, 253 pp.Cosmopolitan Animals is an edited collection based on a 2012 conference of the same name held in the United Kingdom. The chapters are inspired by the work of Donna Haraway, who, along with Simon Glendinning, was a keynote speaker at the conference and contributed a short preface to the book. Haraway has achieved some prominence in mainstream animal studies, but she has been critiqued for her failure to offer any ethical or political critique of the commodification of nonhuman animals (Sanbonmatsu, 2004, p. 61); for her attacks on animal rights and veganism (Rodriguez, 2014); and as an apologist for animal abuse, providing “ideological cover for such violent practices as animal experimentation, genetic engineering, dog breeding and training, killing animals for food and hunting” (Weisberg, 2009, p. 23). It is not suprising then that the contributors to this book fail to engage with any of the literature coming from a Critical Animal Studies perspective. Instead, most cite not only Haraway but also the usual postmodern panoply and hew to rather non-threatening and apolitical ideas about the interconnectedness of humans with

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Published: Oct 20, 2017

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