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"Expanding My Universe": Critical Animal Studies Education as Theory, Politics, and Practice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2014 (English)In: Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable / [ed] John Sorenson, Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2014, 268-283 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter, presenting the structure, pedagogical idea and outcome of the first Swedish Critical Animal Studies course developed by the authors at Lund University in spring 2012, does not so much seek to establish once and for all what CAS “is,” but rather attempts do explore what CAS has a potential to do in the areas of animal theory, politics, and practice. Drawing on Biesta’s and Säfström’s (2011) “Manifesto for education,” we frame CAS educational experiences as potential and process working in the tension between “what is” (the present societal order) and “what is not” (a utopian future). Four themes of our CAS course, together with the diverse array of student responses, are outlined: 1. Social constructions, positions, and representations of animals; 2. Boundary work, speciesism and intersectionalities; 3. Animals, violence, and societal organization; and 4. Animals and social change. We conclude with discussing potentialities of CAS education for critique and transformation in a shifting economic, scientific, political and media-shaped landscape that assigns instrumental roles and values to animals with often devastating consequences for living conditions of animals and humans alike.

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Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2014. 268-283 p.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133934ISBN: 9781551305639OAI: diva2:973818
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2016-10-12Bibliographically approved

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