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Animals as biotechnology : ethics, sustainability and critical animal studies / Richard Twine.

Twine, Richard, (author.).
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Location: Fennell STACKS SF140.B54 .T85 2015
Barcode: 30731101218588
Status: Available

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781138867000
  • ISBN: 1138867004
  • ISBN: 9781844078301
  • ISBN: 1844078302
  • Physical Description: vi, 222 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First issued in paperback 2015.
  • Publisher: Abingdon, Oxfordshire : Earthscan from Routledge, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published by Earthscan in the UK and USA in 2010"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-210) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : from the sciences of meat to critical animal studies -- Undomesticating the ethical -- Towards a critical bioethics -- Thinking across species in the ethics of 'enhancement' -- Animal biotechnology and regulation -- Biopower and the biotechnological framing of the animal body -- Capitalizing on the molecular animal : beyond limits? -- Mobilizing the promise of sustainability -- Searching for the 'win-win'? Animal genomics and 'welfare' -- Conclusion : from the 'livestock' 'revolution' to a revolution in human-animal relations.
Summary, etc.:
In Animals as Biotechnology sociologist Richard Twine places the question of human-animal relations at the heart of sustainability and climate change debates. The book is shaped by the emergence of two contradictory trends within our approach to nonhuman animals: the biotechnological turn in animal sciences, which aims to increase the efficiency and profitability of meat and dairy production; and the emerging field of critical animal studies--mostly in the humanities and social sciences--which works to question the nature of our relations with other animals. The first part of the book focuses on ethics, examining critically the dominant paradigms of bioethics and power relations between human and nonhuman. The second part considers animal biotechnology and political economy, examining commercialization and regulation. The final part of the book centres on discussions of sustainability, limits and an examination of the prospects for animal ethics if biotechnology becomes part of the dominant agricultural paradigm. Twine concludes by considering whether growing calls to reduce our consumption of meat and dairy products in the face of climate change threats are in fact complicit with an anthropocentric understanding of sustainability, implying a need for a more fundamental ethical and political questioning of relations and distinctions between humans, animals and nature.--Page 4 of cover.
Subject: Animal biotechnology > Moral and ethical aspects.
Animal genetic engineering > Moral and ethical aspects.
Food animals > Moral and ethical aspects.
Human-animal relationships > Moral and ethical aspects.
Animal Experimentation > ethics.
Animals, Genetically Modified.
Animal Rights.