Every Sparrow That Falls: Understanding Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion

Every Sparrow That Falls: Understanding Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion Wesley V. Jamison 1 , Caspar Wenk, and James V. Parker Every Sparrow That Falls: Understanding Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion ABSTRACT This ar ticle repor ts original research conducted among animal rights activists and elites in Switzerland and the United States, and the Žnding that activism functioned in activists’ and elites’ lives like religious belief. The study used reference sampling to select Swiss and American informants.Various ar ticles and activists have identiŽed both latent and manifest quasi-religious compo- nents in the contemporar y movement. Hence, the research fol- lowed upon these data and anecdotes and tested the role of activism in adherents’ lives. Using extensive inter views, the research discovered that activists and elites conform to the Žve necessar y components of Yinger’s deŽnition of functional religion: intense and memorable conversion experiences, newfound communities of meaning, normative creeds, elaborate and well-deŽned codes of behavior, and cult formation. The ar ticle elaborates on that schema in the context of animal rights belief, elucidates the deeply meaningful role of activism within a Žligree of meaning, and con- cludes that the movement is facing schismatic forces not dissim- ilar to redemptive and religious movements KEYWORDS: animal rights, activism, religion, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Society & Animals Brill

Every Sparrow That Falls: Understanding Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion

Society & Animals, Volume 8 (3): 305 – Jan 1, 2000

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Brill
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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1063-1119
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1568-5306
DOI
10.1163/156853000511140
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Wesley V. Jamison 1 , Caspar Wenk, and James V. Parker Every Sparrow That Falls: Understanding Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion ABSTRACT This ar ticle repor ts original research conducted among animal rights activists and elites in Switzerland and the United States, and the Žnding that activism functioned in activists’ and elites’ lives like religious belief. The study used reference sampling to select Swiss and American informants.Various ar ticles and activists have identiŽed both latent and manifest quasi-religious compo- nents in the contemporar y movement. Hence, the research fol- lowed upon these data and anecdotes and tested the role of activism in adherents’ lives. Using extensive inter views, the research discovered that activists and elites conform to the Žve necessar y components of Yinger’s deŽnition of functional religion: intense and memorable conversion experiences, newfound communities of meaning, normative creeds, elaborate and well-deŽned codes of behavior, and cult formation. The ar ticle elaborates on that schema in the context of animal rights belief, elucidates the deeply meaningful role of activism within a Žligree of meaning, and con- cludes that the movement is facing schismatic forces not dissim- ilar to redemptive and religious movements KEYWORDS: animal rights, activism, religion,

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Society & AnimalsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

Keywords: ACTIVISM; BELIEF; ANIMAL RIGHTS; RELIGION

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