Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entaglements of Oppression and Liberation / Edition 1

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This accessible and cutting-edge work offers a new look at the history of western "civilization," one that brings into focus the interrelated suffering of oppressed humans and other animals. Nibert argues persuasively that throughout history the exploitation of other animals has gone hand in hand with the oppression of women, people of color, and other oppressed groups. He maintains that the oppression both of humans and of other species of animals is inextricably tangled within the structure of social arrangements. Nibert asserts that human use and mistreatment of other animals are not natural and do little to further the human condition. Nibert's analysis emphasizes the economic and elite-driven character of prejudice, discrimination, and institutionalized repression of humans and other animals. His examination of the economic entanglements of the oppression of human and other animals is supplemented with an analysis of ideological forces and the use of state power in this sociological expose of the grotesque uses of the oppressed, past and present. Nibert suggests that the liberation of devalued groups of humans is unlikely in a world that uses other animals as fodder for the continual growth and expansion of transnational corporations and, conversely, that animal liberation cannot take place when humans continue to be exploited and oppressed.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael W. Fox
This book should be essentail reading for all undergraduate students in the sciences and the humanities. David Nibert helps show us the way to a more humane and visable future.
Michael Parenti
A groundbreaking study of the interrelated oppressions of humans and other animals; rich in historical context, well-researched and well-written, a compelling revelation.
Carol Adams
We live no separate history—oppression and denial harm both workers and the other animals. Yet common oppressions present an uncommon challenge. David Nibert moves the analysis to the next step with Animal Rights/Human Rights. In these pages are important insights, urgent connections, and a vital, liberating theory.
Gary L. Francione
Nibert presents a highly provocative, engaging, and accessible discussion of how capitalism has commodified the interests of both humans and nonhumans, and that the 'freedom' supposedly provided by capitalism results in the oppression of us all. The animal rights movement—particularly in the United States—has largely ignored the economic underpinnings of animal exploitation. And American progressives have largely ignored the issue of animal rights. Nibert's book is essential reading for both groups.
Ingrid Newkirk
Is capitalism all that it's cracked up to be? Or is something wrong when kids (who can afford to) can explore the whole universe over the Internet, yet are not safe enough to walk their own neighborhood streets? When a man who can entertain himself (and does) with all manner of techno-gadgetry, takes 'time out' to shoot deer and doves for fun? Thoughtful, engaging, and filled with gripping examples from the history books of how prejudice and economic bullying can create true misery for the have-nots of any race, gender, or species. Far more than dinner table discussion, this is food for progressive thought.
Carol J. Adams
We live no separate history—oppression and denial harm both workers and the other animals. Yet common oppressions present an uncommon challenge. David Nibert moves the analysis to the next step with Animal Rights/Human Rights. In these pages are important insights, urgent connections, and a vital, liberating theory.
Not only has the oppression of animals been devastating for the cultural, spiritual, and economic well-being of the vast majority of humans, declares Nibert (sociology, Wittenberg U., Springfield, Ohio), but also the oppression of devalued groups of humans has been, and remains, disastrous for other animals. He explores how the two realms are deeply entangled. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517769
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nibert is a former tenant organizer and community activist who is now associate professor of sociology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He is author of Hitting the Lottery Jackpot: State Governments and the Taxing of Dreams (Monthly Review Press, 2000) and articles in such journals as Critical Sociology, Society & Animals, and Race, Gender & Class.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Toward A Sociological Analysis of Animal Oppression Chapter 4 2 Economic Basis of Animal Oppression Chapter 5 3 Capitalist Expansion and Oppression Chapter 6 4 The Growth of Agribusiness and Global Oppression Chapter 7 5 Oppression and the Capitalist State Chapter 8 6 The Social Construction of Speciesist Reality Chapter 9 7 Toward A United Struggle against Oppression

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