Animals as Biotechnology - Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies
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
Hardback 232 pp ISBN 9781844078301
The first part of the book focuses on ethics, examining critically the dominant paradigms of bioethics and
power relations between human and non-human. The second part considers animal biotechnology and political
economy, examining commercialisation 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/dairy products in the face of climate change threats are in fact complicit with an anthropocentric understanding
of sustainability and that what is needed is a more fundamental ethical and political questioning of relations and
distinctions between humans, animals and nature.
Introduction: From the Sciences of Meat to Critical Animal Studies
Part I: The Animal and the Ethical
- Undomesticating the Ethical
- Toward a Critical Bioethics
- Thinking across Species in the Ethics of 'Enhancement'
Part II: Capitalizing on Animals
- Animal Biotechnology and Regulation
- Biopower and the Biotechnological Framing of the Animal Body
- Capitalizing on the Molecular Animal: Beyond Limits?
Part III: Capturing Sustainability in the Genome
- 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
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