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What is the opposite of speciesism?: On relational care ethics and illustrating multi-species-isms
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3). Malmo Univ, Sch Arts & Commun K3, Malmo, Sweden..
2021 (English)In: International journal of sociology and social policy, ISSN 0144-333X, E-ISSN 1758-6720, no 3/4, p. 522-540Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose This paper articulates a counter-concept to the notion of speciesism with the aim to encourage thinking beyond critique, towards imagining what non-speciesist worlds can actually look like. Design/methodology/approach By using the concept of "multi-species-isms" (or "multispecies", as a simpler adjective), and linking it to feminist and relational ethics of "care", the paper seeks to unite perspectives from both Critical Animal Studies as well as feminist, posthumanist theories. Already existing traces of multi-species-isms that exemplify different forms of multispecies care are visualised through annotated illustrations that accompany the text. These traces offer a cue for negotiating multispecies worlds without attempting to define their content in all too definite forms. Findings Rather than focusing on critiquing oppressive structures, the paper contributes narratives of multispecies worlds that inspire further imagination towards the positive ingredients of such worlds and show more concretely how multispecies care is practised in everyday life. Social implications These insights frame a starting point for a repertoire that shows the numerous ways in which multispecies relationships between humans and other animals are already given form. Originality/value By articulating the actual ingredients of multi-species-isms, rather than focusing on what they are not, the paper seeks to advance a move towards adding multispecies possibilities that can be especially helpful for those researchers, designers and activists concerned with imagining alternative futures.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2021. no 3/4, p. 522-540
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Animals, Care, Speciesism, Posthumanism, Multispecies, Relational ethics
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17908DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2019-0176ISI: 000547635400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85087612755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-17908DiVA, id: diva2:1457865
Available from: 2020-08-13 Created: 2020-08-13 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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