American Sociological Association

Section on Animals and Society


New Releases

Corey Lee Wrenn

Piecemeal Protest: Animal Rights in the Age of Nonprofits
University of Michigan Press (December 2019)

Given their tendency to splinter over tactics and goals, social movements are rarely unified. Following the modern Western animal rights movement over thirty years, Corey Lee Wrennapplies the sociological theory of Bourdieu, Goffman, Weber, and contemporary social movement researchers to examine structural conditions in the animal rights movement, facilitating factionalism in today’s era of professionalized advocacy.

Corey Lee Wrenn

A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory
Palgrave (November 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 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 ideological purity and pragmatism, this volume provides an account of why their achievements differ in spite of their shared ultimate goals, offering policy recommendations and suggestions 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 constitutes an empirically grounded, comparative study of activism that will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural geography with interests in social movements and social problems. 

Linda Kalof (ed)

The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies  
Oxford University Press (2017)

Animal studies is an interdisciplinary field that captures one of the most important topics in contemporary society: how can humans rethink and reconfigure their relationships with other animals? This “animal question” is the focus of The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies. In the last few decades, animal studies has flourished, with the widespread recognition of (1) the commodification of animals in a wide variety of human contexts, such as the use of animals as food, labor, and objects of spectacle and science; (2) the degradation of the natural world and a staggering loss of animal habitat and species extinction; and (3) the increasing need to coexist with other animals in urban, rural, and natural contexts. These themes are mapped into five major categories, reflected in the titles of the five parts that structure this volume: “Animals in the Landscape of Law, Politics, and Public Policy”; “Animal Intentionality, Agency, and Reflexive Thinking”; “Animals as Objects in Science, Food, Spectacle, and Sport”; “Animals in Cultural Representations”; and “Animals in Ecosystems.” Each category is explicated with specially commissioned chapters written by international scholars from diverse backgrounds, including philosophy, law, history, English, art, sociology, geography, archaeology, environmental studies, cultural studies, and animal advocacy. The thirty chapters of the handbook investigate issues and concepts central to understanding our current relationship with other animals and the potential for coexistence in an ecological community of living beings. 


Previous Book Contributions

Amy J. Fitzgerald

Animals as Food: (Re)connecting Production, Processing, Consumption, and Impacts
Michigan State University Press (2015)

David A. Nibert

Animal Oppression & Human Violence
Columbia University Press (2013)

Clifton P. Flynn

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

Linda Kalof and Georgina M. Montgomery

Making Animal Meaning
University of Michigan Press (2011)

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
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)