Animals and Society

Robert Magneson Chiles, Catherine Mendel

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The sociology of morality’s core concerns with social structure and power, sociohistorical context, and the impact of social identities and social practices on institutions (Hitlin and Vaisey, Handbook of the sociology of morality, Springer Science & Business Media, 2010; Annual Review of Sociology, 39:51–68, 2013) are broadly shared among sociologists who study animals and society. At the same time, we would also argue that acknowledging and grappling with the role of animals in society and in sociology is critical to any type of comprehensive sociology of morality. In this chapter, we articulate the mutual relevance of these fields by discussing the anthropocentric legacy in both sociology and anthropology, the emergence of alternative perspectives on animals and subsequent negative reactions, and recent developments in the animal study literatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
VolumePart F1611
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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