American Sociological Association

Section on Animals and Society


New Releases

Corey Lee Wrenn

A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory
Palgrave (Nov, 2016)

Applying critical sociological theory, this book explores the shortcomings of popular tactics in animal liberation efforts. Building a case for a scientifically-grounded grassroots approach, it is argued that professionalized advocacy that works in the service of theistic, capitalist, patriarchal institutions will find difficulty achieving success.  


Dan Moorehead (Editor)

Animals In Human Society: Amazing Creatures Who Share Our Planet
University Press of America (2016)

Including the work of 12 authors from institutions such as Colorado State University, Frostburg State University, Michigan State University, Salisbury University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Birmingham, University of California; Irvine, University of California; Merced, and William Jessup University, Rocklin; California, the collection of essays explores the broad range of animals who share our planet and attempts to recognize our responsibility as humans to take their interests seriously.

Elizabeth Cherry

Culture and Activism: Animal Rights in France and the United States
Routledge (May 12, 2016)

This book offers a comparison of the animal rights movements in the U.S. and France, drawing on ethnographic and interview material gathered amongst activists in both countries. Investigating the ways in which culture affects the outcomes of the two movements, the author examines its role as a constraining and enabling structure in both contexts, showing how cultural beliefs, values, and practices at the international, national, and organizational levels shape the strategic and tactical choices available to activists, and shedding light on the reasons for which activists make the choices that they do.  

With attention to the different emphases placed by the respective movements on ideolog- ical purity and pragmatism, this volume provides an account of why their achievements differ in spite of their shared ultimate goals, offering policy recommendations and sug- gestions for activists working in a variety of cultures. Informed by the work of Giddens and Bourdieu, Culture and Activism: Animal Rights in France and the United States con- stitutes an empirically grounded, comparative study of activism that will appeal to schol- ars of sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural geography with interests in social movements and social problems. 


Previous Book Contributions

David A. Nibert

Animal Oppression & Human Violence
Columbia University Press (2013).

Clifton P. Flynn

Understanding Animal Abuse: A Sociological Analysis
Lantern Books (2012).

Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan

Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards 1905-1935
Syracuse University Press (2010).

James William Gibson

A Reenchanted World: The quest for a new kinship with nature
Metropolitan Books (2010).

Rhoda M. Wilkie

Livestock/Deadstock: Working with Farm Animals from Birth to Slaughter
Temple University Press A&S Series  (2010).

Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto

De humanos y otros animales Editorial Dríada, Mexico. (2009).

P. Elizabeth Anderson

The Powerful Bond Between People and Pets: Our Boundless Connections to Companion Animals. Praeger. (2008).

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn

MilkTeeth: A Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog. Rutgers. (2008).

Clifton P. Flynn

Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader. Lantern Books. (2008).

Lisa Anne Zilney

Linking Animal Cruelty and Family Violence. Cambria Press. (2007).

Linda Kalof

Looking at Animals in Human History . Reaktion. (2007).

The Animals Reader , with Amy Fitzgerald. Berg. (2007)

A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity . Berg. (2007)

A Cultural History of Animals, Six Volumes, Series Editor . Berg. (2007)

Leslie Irvine

If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals. Temple University Press (2004).

Janet M. Alger & Steven F. Alger

Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter. Temple University Press (2003).

David A. Nibert

Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation. Rowman & Littlefield (2002).

Kim W. Stallwood

Speaking Out for Animals: True Stories about People Who Rescue Animals. Lantern Books (2001).

A Primer on Animal Rights: Leading Experts Write about Animal Cruelty and Exploitation. Lantern Books (2002).

Clinton Sanders

Understanding Dogs: Living and Working With Canine Companions.. Temple University Press (1999).

Regarding Animals. Temple University Press (1996).