"I do not want to speak here of the educated classes...": The construction of animal cruelty in Swedish politics 1844-1858
2010 (English)In: Økologisk og global kriminologi: Aktuel forskning, Reykjavik: University of Iceland, Faculty of Law , 2010, 49-64 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
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.
, Research Seminar Reports, 52
speciesism, animal cruelty, animal rights, animal protection, animal welfare, Swedish politics, post-Marxism, discourse theory, psychoanalysis
speciesism, djurplågeri, djurrätt, djurskydd, djurvälfärd, svensk politik, postmarxism, diskursteori, psykoanalys
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Law and Society
Research subject Political Science; Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48412ISBN: 978-82-7688-021-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-48412DiVA: diva2:375670
Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, Research Seminar No 52, Hønefoss, Norge 2010