Section on Animals and Society logo
Twitter LogoFacebook Logo

Bulletin Board

TIME TO RENEW: Section Membership Renewals 2015

ASA memberships expire at the end of the 2014 calendar year. After that there is a couple-of-weeks grace period for you to remain on the listserv, though! When renewing your membership, please be certain to renew your membership in the Animals & Society section.
     Our ASA session sections are based on our membership numbers. We are currently conducting a membership drive targeting graduate students, and we hope to increase our section to 300 members by the end of 2015. This will allow us to run one more paper session at the 2016 ASA meeting in Seattle.
Here is the link to join and renew. https://asa.enoah.com/default.aspx

Please renew and encourage your colleagues to join!

LOREDANA LOY BECOMES NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Send your news to loredana.loy@nyu.edu for the next issue.

AMY FITZGERALD WINS AWARD

Volume 1 of the Human-Animal Studies e-Newsletter published in January informed members of the Animals and Society Institute that Amy Fitzgerald was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award for full time faculty at the University of Windsor for her accomplishments in teaching and research. This is pleasing news, so it is repeated here.

 RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER

"Happy Meals"
Helene M. Lawson, CONTEXTS Volume 13, No. 3 (2014) 8.
Is a hamburger from a happy cow better than one from an unhappy cow? There are differing opinions based on flavor, healthiness, ecology and how well we forget the animal we ate.

RECENT ARTICLES BY SECTION MEMBER

Corey Lee Wrenn,
with R. Johnson, "A Critique of Single-Issue Campaigning and the Importance of Comprehensive Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy" Food, Culture & Society Volume 16, No. 4, 651-668 (2013).
" Nonhuman Animal Rights, Alternative Food Systems, and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex" Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Volume 8, No.2, 209-242 (2013).
"The role of professionalization regarding female exploitation in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement"
Journal of Gender Studies Online only (for profit) (2013) DOI:10.1080/09589236.2013.806248.
"The Abolitionist Approach: Critical Comparisions and Challenges within the Animal Rights Movement"
Interface, Volume 4, No. 2, 438-458 (2012).
Applying Social Movement Theory to Nonhuman Rights Mobilization and the Importance of Faction Hierarchies"
Peace Studies Journal Volume 5, No. 3, 27-44 (2012).
Resisting the Globalization of Speciesism: Vegan Abolitionism as a Site of Consumer-Based Social Change"
Journal for Critical Animal Studies Volume 9, No. 3, 9-27 (2012).

 RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER

"Defining Fish"
Helene M. Lawson
Sociological Viewpoints, Volume 27, No. 1 (2011)
This article examines the how people construct the meanings they give to pet and similar fish they keep in their personal spaces. It is an ethnographic tour of quotidian epistemology. Because fish are intimately common and yet regarded as being on a par with vegetables as far as animal rights are concerned, they are readily transformed by their owners' imaginations.

 RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER:

"Gender Work in a Feminized Profession: The Case of Veterinary Medicine"
Leslie Irvine and Jenny R. Vermilya
Gender & Society, Volume 24, No. 1 (2010)
Veterinary medicine has undergone dramatic, rapid feminization while in many ways remaining gendered masculine. With women constituting approximately half of its practitioners and nearly 80 percent of students, veterinary medicine is the most feminized of the comparable health professions. Nevertheless, the culture of veterinary medicine glorifies stereotypically masculine actions and attitudes. This article examines how women veterinarians understand the gender dynamics within the profession. The authors' analysis reveals that the discursive strategies available to women sustain and justify the status quo, and thus preserve hegemonic masculinity. Women use strategies previously used toward female tokens in non-traditional jobs, such as role encapsulation, and strategies previously used by male tokens in traditionally female jobs, such as distancing from the feminine. Through this discursive "gender work," women help to maintain the institutionalized inequality and the masculine ethic of the profession. Veterinary medicine illustrates the importance of considering organizational context in studies of feminization.

NEW ARTICLE BY A SECTION MEMBER:

Colin Jerolmack, "Humans, animals and play: Theorizing interaction when intersubjectivity is problematic", Sociological Theory (v.27, no.4, 2009).

NEW BOOK in SPANISH on HUMAN ANIMAL RELATIONS

Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto, De humanos y otros animales, (Editorial Dríada, México).

NEW BOOK

James William (Bill) Gibson's new book on the cultural reenchantment of nature,
A REENCHANTED WORLD; THE QUEST FOR A NEW KINSHIP WITH NATURE, was recently published by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt. Much of his work discusses important cultural changes concerning wild animals: symbolic, totemic kinship ties between people and animals  are becoming increasing common in film, television, nature writing, disciplines such as conservation biology, and even in newspaper obituaries. Gibson also explores the ways in which animals are now framed as consecrating landscapes(such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), the internal problems of reenchantment, and the religious and political attacks waged against it during the Bush era. For reviews and an excerpt see www.jameswilliamgibson.com

NEW TEACHING GUIDE

The journal, Sociology Compass has published a "Teaching and Learning Guide for Animals and Sociology" written by Leslie Irvine. The URL of this article is: www.blackwell- compass.com/subject/sociology/article_view? article_id=soco_tr_bpl204"

 

ARTICLES AND DRAFTS

Post your draft article or a link to your open-access article here, on this bulletin board. Ask for comments from readers if you wish. Have them e-mailed to you. Contact webmaster.

Articles and Drafts by Members