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Inspired by Arran Stibbe and drawing on ecolinguistics, corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis, this chapter presents a simple linguistic study of mentions of animals in Norwegian political party programs for the parliamentary term 2013–2017. The study is likely symptomatic of quite common attitudes to animals not only in Norway but also in a range of other countries. It documents a near-universal anthropocentric bias in Norwegian political party programs, with the Green Party as the only possible exception. This bias is particularly visible in the vocabulary constituted by occurrences of the morphemes “fisk” [fish] and “rein” [reindeer]. Rather than being framed as sentient beings, these animals are almost exclusively referred to in terms of economic resources that are to be managed by the authorities.

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Edited by Kadri Tüür and Morten Tønnessen

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Edited by Kadri Tüür and Morten Tønnessen

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Edited by Kadri Tüür and Morten Tønnessen

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Edited by Kadri Tüür and Morten Tønnessen

The ways in which we represent animals say much about who we are, who we strive to be, and our often conflicting ideas about our relationships with nonhuman species. Whether the animal is seen as someone with whom we can relate and feel kinship or conceived of as the radical other, popular cultural descriptions of animals are often – if not always – indirect descriptions of ourselves.
The contributions to this volume offer a unique panorama of academic and literary approaches, demonstrating that an analysis of cultural representations and constructions of animals is indispensable for a better understanding of the interface of human culture and the so-called animal world.