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Solidarity Between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations

Allen, Michael P. and Von Essen, Erica (2017). Solidarity Between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations. Environmental communication. 11, 641-653
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In this paper, we discuss the bridging potential of "interspecies" solidarity between the often incommensurable ethics of care and justice. Indeed, we show that the Environmental Communication literature emphasizes feelings of care and compassion as vectors of responsibility taking for animals. But we also show that a growing field of Political Animal Rights suggest that such responsibility taking should instead be grounded in universalizable terms of justice. Our argument is that a dual conception of solidarity can bridge this divide: On the one hand, solidarity as a pre-political relation with animals and, on the other hand, as a political practice based on open public deliberation of universalizable claims to justice; that is, claims to justice advanced by human proxy representatives of vulnerable non-humans. Such a dual conception can both challenge and validate NGOs' claims to "speak on behalf of animals" in policy following the Aarhus Convention, indeed underwriting the Convention by insights from internatural communication in solidarity as relation, and by subjecting it to rational scrutiny in mini-publics in solidary as practice.

Authors/Creators:Allen, Michael P. and Von Essen, Erica
Title:Solidarity Between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations
Series/Journal:Environmental communication (1752-4040)
Year of publishing :2017
Page range:641-653
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Agrovoc terms:interspecific competition, animal rights, ethics
Keywords:solidarity, internatural communication, discourse ethics, proxy representation, mini-publics
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Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:21 Nov 2017 09:32
Metadata Last Modified:19 Jan 2018 00:15

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