Animals at work

Identity, politics and culture in work with animals


Animals at Work is founded upon a broad and unique variety of empirical research settings - animal sanctuaries, farms, slaughter-houses, veterinary practices and behind the scenes of a natural history documentary film-making team. Hamilton and Taylor apply a breadth of post-structural and post-humanist theories to establish what happens when animal-agents are brought into human networks and spaces of representation, and the artful ways in which they become integral in shared human meaning-making. Interrogating the apparent boundaries of meaning between animals and humans by taking a close-up view of those working with animals in a variety of occupational settings, the book enjoys a rare and original range of empirical research contexts from British dairy farms to the jungles of Borneo.

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Nik Taylor, Ph.D (2000), Manchester Metropolitan University, is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University in South Australia. She has published widely on human-animal relations, including Theorizing Animals (Brill, 2011) and Animals, Humans and Society (Lantern, 2013).

Lindsay Hamilton, Ph.D (2009), Keele University, is Lecturer in Management at Keele University in the United Kingdom. She is currently a co-editor of the Sage journal, Ethnography and has published a range of ethnographic articles on work and organization.
Those interested in Human-animal studies, anthrozoology, sociology of work and identity and organization studies.
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