Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

Animal Oppression and Human Violence Domesecration Capitalism and Global Conflict Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food labor and tools of war has advanced the development of human society But by comparing practices of ani

  • Title: Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict
  • Author: David A. Nibert
  • ISBN: 9780231151887
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David Nibert reaches a strikingly different conclusion He finds in the domestication of animals, whJared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David Nibert reaches a strikingly different conclusion He finds in the domestication of animals, which he renames domesecration, OCO a perversion of human ethics, the development of large scale acts of violence, disastrous patterns of destruction, and growth curbing epidemics of infectious disease Nibert centers his study on nomadic pastoralism and the development of commercial ranching, a practice that has been largely controlled by elite groups and expanded with the rise of capitalism Beginning with the pastoral societies of the Eurasian steppe and continuing through to the exportation of Western, meat centered eating habits throughout todayOCOs world, Nibert connects the domesecration of animals to violence, invasion, extermination, displacement, enslavement, repression, pandemic chronic disease, and hunger In his view, conquest and subjugation were the results of the need to appropriate land and water to maintain large groups of animals, and the gross amassing of military power has its roots in the economic benefits of the exploitation, exchange, and sale of animals Deadly zoonotic diseases, Nibert shows, have accompanied violent developments throughout history, laying waste to whole cities, societies, and civilizations His most powerful insight situates the domesecration of animals as a precondition for the oppression of human populations, particularly indigenous peoples, an injustice impossible to rectify while the material interests of the elite are inextricably linked to the exploitation of animals Nibert links domesecration to some of the most critical issues facing the world today, including the depletion of fresh water, topsoil, and oil reserves global warming and world hunger, and he reviews the U.S governmentOCOs military response to the inevitable crises of an overheated, hungry, resource depleted world Most animal advocacy campaigns reinforce current oppressive practices, Nibert argues Instead, he suggests reforms that challenge the legitimacy of both domesecration and capitalism.

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    1. While Nonhuman Animal studies have been gathering momentum in the social sciences, much of the literature focuses on the human experience with other animals. Sadly, Nonhuman Animals are rarely recognized as a social group themselves. While the impact of Nonhuman Animals on human culture is relevant, too often, sociology fails to explore the impact of *human* animals on other species. David Nibert’s 2013 publication stands as one of the few works that critically engages the oppression of Nonhum [...]

    2. 3 stars bc I agree with Nibert's arguments & think they're super important. Unforunately, Nibbs is a poor excuse for an academic who quotes at excessive length instead of organically developing his own points in a genuine manner. I have no idea how he got this text thru an editor. That being said, the bibliography he domesecrates is excellent & the text as a whole presents an incredible alt-history of animal exploitation and its direct relationship w human conflict, disease, genocide, al [...]

    3. I decided to put this one down after finishing about 1/3 of it or so. The topics are important but the book wasn't what I expected. I thought it would do more connecting and explaining of issues of capitalism and animal exploitation but it's more if a extensively researched chronicle of colonialism and animal exploitation that is trying to fit way too much history in a very small space. It moved so fast I couldn't really sink into any period of time to fully grasp what was happening. Maybe my br [...]

    4. Highly recommended, especially for those who care about social justice issues. 5th star because of the novel premise.

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