An earlier version of this paper was presented to the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics 2011.
The ‘animal-advocacy agenda’: exploring sociology for non-human animals†
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2013
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The Sociological Review
Volume 61, Issue 3, pages 591–606, August 2013
How to Cite
Peggs, K. (2013), The ‘animal-advocacy agenda’: exploring sociology for non-human animals. The Sociological Review, 61: 591–606. doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12065
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 25 MAY 2011
- non-human animals;
This paper focuses on sociology and the study of human non-human animal relations. Using as a catalyst referees' comments on a previous paper about experiments using non-human animal subjects, in this present paper three problematics are identified and discussed. These problematics centre on the ‘acceptable’ content of sociological inquiry, the ‘permissibility’ of advocacy-oriented sociology, and the ‘admissibility’ of non-human animal-advocacy to advocacy-oriented sociology. The three problematics are explored through the lens of reflexive and critical sociology. Two central questions are raised: first, should sociology include the study of non-human animals and secondly, can sociology advocate for non-human animals? The paper concludes with an affirmative response to both of these questions. The paper ends by stressing that sociology has so much to offer the study of human non-human animal relations. Professional sociologists have a key role to play in enabling this work to move from margins to centre in published sociology.