By Corey Wrenn
Employing severe sociological conception, this ebook explores the shortcomings of renowned strategies in animal liberation efforts. construction a case for a scientifically-grounded grassroots process, it truly is argued that professionalized advocacy that works within the carrier of theistic, capitalist, patriarchal associations will locate trouble reaching good fortune.
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However, Nibert and Torres’s focus on macro-scale oppressive structures, for the most part, do not extensively explore the relevance of social movement theory. This chapter will extend the sociological conversation by offering a critical analysis of movement structures as relevant to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights mobilization. The massive structural changes required to undermine inequality might be achieved through individual boycott, interest group lobbying, or even environmental or social health disasters exacerbated by nonhuman exploitation, but social movements act as important intermediaries that amplify individual actions and circumvent legitimated (but often limited) means of social change like legal reform.
In what ways can social change workers interrupt these processes and make a persuasive case for Nonhuman Animal liberation? This chapter investigates the complex relationship between emotion and reason in relation to attitude and behavior change. Analogy is explored as one reason-based strategy that invites audiences to consider evidence and apply logic to the dialogue of social justice. Single-issue campaigning is specifically examined via analogy to demonstrate the irrationalities of the prevailing social change imagination.
As to be explored in later chapters, welfare reform, violence, and single-issue campaigning quickly become impractical according to this principle. Streamlining the Rationality and Nonhuman Animal Rights 19 exploitation of other animals is not logical if advocates want to end that exploitation; engaging in violence is not logical if advocates want to end violence; single-issue campaigning is not coherent, in that it focuses on one form of exploitation or one species with the intention of addressing speciesism as a whole.
A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory by Corey Wrenn