Anarchism and Animal Liberation

Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation


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About the Book

Building upon anarchist critiques of racism, sexism, ableism and classism, this collection of new essays melds anarchism with animal advocacy in arguing that speciesism is an ideological and social norm rooted in hierarchy and inequality. Rising from the anarchist-influenced Occupy Movement, this book brings together international scholars and activists who challenge us all to look more critically into the causes of speciesism and to take a broader view of peace, social justice and the nature of oppression. Animal advocates have long argued that speciesism will end if the humanity adopts a vegan ethic. This concept is developed into the argument that the vegan ethic has the most promise if it is also anti-capitalist and against all forms of domination.

About the Author(s)

Anthony J. Nocella II, professor, author and community organizer, is a senior fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline School of Law and editor of the Peace Studies Journal. He lives in Durango, Colorado.

Richard J. White is a senior lecturer in economic geography at Sheffield Hallam University, specializing in anarchist geographies. He lives in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Erika Cudworth is a reader in international politics and sociology at the University of East London, United Kingdom, where she teaches political sociology of various kinds and is co-chair of the Feminist Research Group. She lives in London.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Anthony J. Nocella II , Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9457-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2132-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword (David N. Pellow) 1
Foreword (John C. Alessio) 4
Introduction: The Intersections of Critical Animal Studies and Anarchist Studies for Total Liberation (Anthony J. Nocella II, Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth) 7

Part I. Histories/Futures 21
Anarcho-Veganism Revisited (Brian Dominick) 23
Anarchist Criminology Against Racism and Ableism and for Animal Liberation (Anthony J. Nocella II) 40
Doing Liberation: The Story and Strategy of Food Not Bombs (Drew Robert Winter) 59
“Nailing Descartes to the wall”: Animal Rights, Veganism and Punk Culture (Will Boisseau and Jim Donaghey) 71

Part II. Intersections 91
Intersectionality, Species and Social Domination (Erika Cudworth) 93
Beyond Suffering: Resisting Patriarchy and Reproductive Control (Nekeisha Alayna Alexis) 108
Industrial Society Is Both the Fabrication Department and the Kill Floor: Total Liberation, Green Anarchism and the Violence of Industrialism (Mara J. Pfeffer and Sean Parson) 126
“A wider vision”: Coercion, Solidarity and Animal Liberation Will Boisseau 141

Part III. Strategies 161
Anarchy for Educational Praxis in the Animal Liberation Movement in an Era of Capitalist Triumphalism (Lara Drew and Kim Socha) 163
Recognizing Human Supremacy: Interrupt, Inspire and Expose (John Lupinacci) 179
Do Anarchists Dream of Emancipated Sheep? Contemporary Anarchism, Animal Liberation and the Implications of New Philosophy (Aragorn Eloff) 194
Following in the Footsteps of Élisée Reclus: Disturbing Places of ­Inter-Species Violence That Are Hidden in Plain Sight (Richard J. White) 212

About the Contributors 231
Index 233