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The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series

Animals in the Sociologies of Westermarck and Durkheim

Authors: Tuomivaara, Salla

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  • Addresses an important gap in the literature of animal studies and sociology
  • Provides a refreshing analysis of classical sociological theory from the animal perspective
  • Situates the work in contemporary theory from critical animal studies to post-humanism
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This book explores why animals, at some point, disappeared from the realm and scope of sociology. The role of sociology in the construction of a science of the ‘human’ has been substantial, building representations of the human sphere of life as unique. Within the sociological tradition however, animals have often been invisible, even non-existent. Through in-depth comparisons of the texts of prominent early sociologists Emile Durkheim and Edward Westermarck, Tuomivaara shows that despite this exclusion, representations of animals and human-animal relations were far more varied in early works than in the later sociological cannon.

Addressing a significant gap in the interdisciplinary field of animal studies, Tuomivaara presents a close reading of the historical treatment of animals in the works of Durkheim and Westermarck to determine how the human-animal boundary was established in sociological theory. The diverse forms in which animals and ‘the animal’ appear in the works of early classical sociology are charted and explored, alongside the sociological themes that bring animals into these texts. Situated in contemporary theory, from critical animal studies to posthumanism, this important book lays the groundwork for a disciplinary shift away from this sharp human-animal dualism. 






About the authors

Salla Tuomivaara is a sociologist (PhD), long-term animal advocate, NGO professional and non-fiction writer. Tuomivaara’s main research interests are animal–human dualism, the significance of the human-animal boundary and the history of the social sciences.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26863-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26862-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animals in the Sociologies of Westermarck and Durkheim
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26863-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26863-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26862-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 261
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