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ISBN-10: 0231186649

ISBN-13: 9780231186643

ISBN-10: 0231186657

ISBN-13: 9780231186650

The animal-rights association PETA requested “Are Animals the hot Slaves?” in a debatable 2005 fundraising crusade; that very same 12 months, after the Humane Society rescued pets within the aftermath of storm Katrina whereas black citizens have been missed, a few declared that white the US cares extra approximately pets than black humans. those are yet contemporary examples of a centuries-long historical past within which black lifestyles has been pitted opposed to animal existence. Does evaluating human and animal discomfort trivialize black ache, or could the intersections of racialization and animalization make clear interlinked types of oppression?

In Afro-Dog, Bénédicte Boisseron investigates the connection among race and the animal within the heritage and tradition of the Americas and the black Atlantic, exposing a hegemonic procedure that compulsively hyperlinks and opposes blackness and animality to degree the price of existence. She analyzes the organization among black civil disobedience and dogs repression, a historical past that spans the period of slavery by utilizing police canines opposed to protesters in the course of the civil rights circulation of the Nineteen Sixties to this present day in areas like Ferguson, Missouri. She additionally strains the lineage of blackness and the animal in Caribbean literature and struggles over minorities’ correct to puppy possession along nuanced readings of Derrida and different French theorists. Drawing on fresh debates on black lives and animal welfare, Afro-Dog reframes the fast-growing curiosity in human–animal relationships via positioning blackness as a spotlight of animal inquiry, commencing new chances for animal experiences and black experiences to imagine facet by means of side.

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