Animal Rights/human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - Nature - 269 pages
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This accessible and cutting-edge work offers a new look at the history of western "civilization," one that brings into focus the interrelated suffering of oppressed humans and other animals. Nibert argues persuasively that throughout history the exploitation of other animals has gone hand in hand with the oppression of women, people of color, and other oppressed groups. He maintains that the oppression both of humans and of other species of animals is inextricably tangled within the structure of social arrangements. Nibert asserts that human use and mistreatment of other animals are not natural and do little to further the human condition. Nibert's analysis emphasizes the economic and elite-driven character of prejudice, discrimination, and institutionalized repression of humans and other animals. His examination of the economic entanglements of the oppression of human and other animals is supplemented with an analysis of ideological forces and the use of state power in this sociological expose of the grotesque uses of the oppressed, past and present. Nibert suggests that the liberation of devalued groups of humans is unlikely in a world that uses other animals as fodder for the continual growth and expansion of transnational corporations and, conversely, that animal liberation cannot take place when humans continue to be exploited and oppressed.

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User Review  - Miroku Nemeth - Goodreads

This is truly one of the most comprehensive books on history and compassionate morality that I have ever read. Nibert ties the oppression of humans throughout history to the oppression of animals in a ... Read full review

Review: Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation

User Review  - Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda - Goodreads

Sometimes it would be helpful for book blurbs to be more upfront about the politics inside. It isn't that I disagree with the the politics Nibert presents (or, rather, the solutions to the current ... Read full review


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David Nibert is a former tenant organizer and community activist who is now associate professor of sociology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He is author of Hitting the Lottery Jackpot: State Governments and the Taxing of Dreams (Monthly Review Press, 2000) and articles in such journals as Critical Sociology, Society & Animals, and Race, Gender & Class.

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