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"I do not want to speak here of the educated classes...": The construction of animal cruelty in Swedish politics 1844-1858
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2010 (English)In: Økologisk og global kriminologi: Aktuel forskning, Reykjavik: University of Iceland, Faculty of Law , 2010, 49-64 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the debates over animal protection in the Swedish riksdag of estates  1844-1858.  The  focus  is  on  the  political  problem  representation: What  or whom was  considered  the  cause  of  animal  cruelty?  From  the  standpoint  of  post-Marxist  discourse  theory  and  Lacanian  psychoanalysis,  the  article  offers  an interpretation  of  the mid-nineteenth  debates  as  attempts  to  depoliticize  speciesist norms  and  uphold  social  control.  This was  done  by  pointing  out  certain  groups from  the  lower classes as  typical perpetrators of animal cruelty. At  the same  time the vast bulk of animal use  exercised by  society  in general was  elided  from view, rendering systematic animal exploitation invisible and beyond political critique.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reykjavik: University of Iceland, Faculty of Law , 2010. 49-64 p.
Series
Research Seminar Reports, 52
Keyword [en]
speciesism, animal cruelty, animal rights, animal protection, animal welfare, Swedish politics, post-Marxism, discourse theory, psychoanalysis
Keyword [sv]
speciesism, djurplågeri, djurrätt, djurskydd, djurvälfärd, svensk politik, postmarxism, diskursteori, psykoanalys
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Law and Society
Research subject
Political Science; Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48412ISBN: 978-82-7688-021-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-48412DiVA: diva2:375670
Conference
Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, Research Seminar No 52, Hønefoss, Norge 2010
Available from: 2010-12-08 Created: 2010-12-08 Last updated: 2011-04-19Bibliographically approved

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