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Critical Animal Pedagogies: Re-learning our Relations with Animal Others

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Authors Karin Gunnarsson Dinker
Helena Pedersen
Published in The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education, Eds.: H.E. Lees and N. Noddings
ISBN 978-1-137-41290-4
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication London
Publication year 2016
Published at
Language en
Keywords Critical animal pedagogies; intersectionality; the animal-industrial complex; vegan education; social change
Subject categories Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Didactics


What does education become when humans are not regarded as the only subjects? This chapter delineates an education that challenges the reduction of human-animal relations to modes of production and consumption, gesturing toward a profound reorganisation of species-coded subject positions in education and society. A foundation of this work already exists under the label “interspecies education” (Andrzejewski, Pedersen & Wicklund, 2009). In this chapter we seek to develop its philosophical/theoretical rationale and outline key themes from which critical animal education can emerge and be put to practice: 1) A theoretical basis for critical animal pedagogies; 2) The place of animals and affect in education; 3) Species-inclusive intersectionality education; 4) The animal-industrial complex in education; 5) Vegan education; 6) Critical animal pedagogies and social change.

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