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Critical Animal Pedagogies: Re-learning Our Relations with Animal Others
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2016 (English)In: The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education / [ed] Helen E. Lees, Nel Noddings, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 415-430 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Our relations with animals permeate human social life, culture and education. These relations are asymmetrically imbued with power. Although not always explicitly acknowledged, animals are displayed, classified, studied and represented, as well as confined, manipulated, consumed and killed; in a multitude of forms in education, and in other sectors of society. Asymmetric power relations, through which students are implicitly or explicitly taught to utilise, dominate or control other species, permeate not only the use of animals as dissection “specimens” in school laboratories or as food served in the school canteen, but also non-invasive human–animal pedagogical situations such as animal-assisted interventions (AAI), some versions of outdoor education, study visits to zoos and farms, and so on. These situations communicate messages of animals’ instrumental position in human society and their endless accessibility for human purposes (Pedersen, 2010), often under the guise of harmonious interspecies coexistence. As will be made clear throughout our chapter, we view such messages as deeply problematic and counter-productive to anyliberatory educational project. How, then, should we teach and learn about animals, and what is the appropriate place of animals in education? Is there an alternative education; a critical animal pedagogy that opens other knowledges of human–animal relations? Put differently, what does education become when humans are not regarded as the only subjects?

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 415-430 p.
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critical education, animals, intersectionality, speciesism, the animal-industrial complex, veganism, social change
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133929DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-41291-1_27ISBN: 978-1-137-41290-4ISBN: 978-1-137-41291-1OAI: diva2:973803
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved

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