American Sociological Association: Bulletin
of ASA Section on Animals http://www.asanet.org/sectionanimals/bulletin.cfm
ASA memberships expired at the end of the 2013 calendar year. 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. At the end of 2013, we had 160 members. We are currently conducting a membership drive targeting graduate students, and we hope to increase our section to 300 members by the end of 2014. This will allow us to run one more paper session at the 2015 ASA meeting in Chicago.
Here is the link to join and renew. https://asa.enoah.com/default.aspx
Please renew and encourage your colleagues to join!
Congratulations to our new section officers:
Chair-Elect (one year term beginning 2014)
Lisa Jean Moore, SUNY Purchase College
Council Members (three year terms beginning in 2014)
Cameron Thomas Whitley, Michigan State University
Diane Bates, The College of New Jersey
All of the candidates, who stand for election, provide a valuable service to the section.
The 2014 Award Wiinners have been announced! Go to the 2014 Awards page.
The Animals & Society Section is organizing a mentoring program to help graduate students network with well-established authors outside their home institution who share their interest in Animals & Society! We have recruited ten well-known scholars to serve as mentors at this year's ASA Meeting. We was "mentoring brunch" on Monday, August 18, in San Francisco. It was fun - see the CONFERENCE tab for a picture of the brunch.
For more information contact Elizabeth Cherry, email@example.com soon, if you want to participate.
Erin Evans, a section member, is running a series of articles about animals, people and social movements on the web magazine, Mobilizing Ideas. Here is a LINK to her work.
The International Journal of Sociology put together a special issue on animals containing articles by Section members. Here is the Table of Contents:
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGYGuest Editor: Richard York
Table of Contents
Vol. 44 No. 01
Animal Studies and Environmental Sociology
University of Oregon and Institute for Advanced Study
Guest Editor's Introduction Animal Studies and Environmental Sociology RICHARD YORK 3 Animal Imagery in the Discourse of Climate Change CAMERON THOMAS WHITLEY AND LINDA KALOF 10 Political-Ecological Dimensions of Silvery Gibbon Conservation Efforts An Endangered Ape in (and on) the Verge NICHOLAS MALONE, MEGAN SELBY, AND STEFANO LONGO 34 Industrial Animal Agribusiness and Environmental Sociological Theory Applications and Areas for Development RYAN GUNDERSON AND DIANA STUART 54 Introducing the Ecological Explosion A Cross-National Analysis of Invasive Species and Economic Development JORDAN FOX BESEK AND JULIUS ALEXANDER MCGEE 75
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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.
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.
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).
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.
"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.
Colin Jerolmack, "Humans, animals and play: Theorizing interaction when intersubjectivity is problematic", Sociological Theory (v.27, no.4, 2009).
Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto, De humanos y otros animales, (Editorial Dríada, México).
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
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"
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