Killing animals: sociology, species relations and institutionalized violence

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Cudworth, E. 2015. Killing animals: sociology, species relations and institutionalized violence. The Sociological Review. 63 (1), pp. 1-18.
AuthorsCudworth, E.
Abstract

Influential voices have argued for a sociology which acknowledges the way we are
co-constituted with a range of non-human species as part of the condition of life on
this planet. Despite this, sociology has generally retained a conception of the social
that is centred on the human. This paper argues for the inclusion of non-human
animals in sociological agendas, focusing on the emerging field of the sociology of
violence. It examines the institutions and processes through which non-human
animals are subjected to different forms of violence, most notably, mass killing.The
practice of killing animals is routine,normative,institutionalized and globalized.The
scale of killing is historically unprecedented and the numbers killed are enormous.
The paper argues that this killing of non-humans raises questions around inequal-
ities and intersectionality, human relations with other species, the embedding of
violence in everyday practices and links between micro and macro analyses. These
are questions with which the new sociology of violence might engage.

JournalThe Sociological Review
Journal citation63 (1), pp. 1-18
ISSN00380261
Year2015
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12222
Publication dates
Print24 Feb 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Sep 2015
Accepted17 Oct 2014
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cudworth, E, Killing animals: sociology, species relations and institutionalized violence, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12222 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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