Society & Animals publishes studies that describe and analyze our experiences of non-human animals from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) and humanities (e.g., history, literary criticism). The journal specifically deals with subjects such as human-animal interactions in various settings (animal cruelty, the therapeutic uses of animals), the applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine and agriculture), the use of animals in popular culture (e.g. dog-fighting, circus, animal companion, animal research), attitudes toward animals as affected by different socializing agencies and strategies, representations of animals in literature, the history of the domestication of animals, the politics of animal welfare, and the constitution of the animal rights movement.
The goal of the journal is to stimulate and support the emerging multi-disciplinary field of animal studies, which consists, broadly, of investigations of the ways in which non-human animals figure in our lives. Although emphasizing empirically based studies, the journal also publishes theoretical analyses, literature reviews, methodological contributions, and comments on relevant topics. The editorial board consists of over thirty scholars, professionals (e.g. animal assisted therapists, shelter, zoo, wildlife personnel and etc.), policy makers, and animal advocates.
Society & Animals is unique in the breadth of subjects covered, methods of papers published, and diversity of scholarly disciplines represented. It is also unique in its encouragement of data based discussion of ethical and policy issues in the current debate over the place of non-human animals in an increasingly human-centered world.
Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2016 ranks
Society & Animals with an Impact Factor of 0.39.
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Early Career Research Prize Brill and the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) are pleased to announce the Early Career Research Prize to be awarded annually for the best article published or accepted for publication in
Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. The winning article will be announced in the journal and will be available in Open Access for no charge.
Eligibility Eligible authors must be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage (ABD) or student pursuing other terminal degrees (MSW, DVM, or JD) or early career scholars no more than four years past the Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
Selection Process In December of each year, the editors of
SOAN will select that article published in that year judged to make the most significant contribution to the literature in Human-Animal Studies.
Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Shapiro, Animals and Society Institute, Human-Animal Studies
Managing Editors William S. Lynn, Clark University, George Perkins Marsh Institute
Susan McHugh, University of New England, School of Arts and Humanities
Robert Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Psychology
Nicola Taylor, College of Arts, University of Canterbury
Associate Editors Christopher Bear, Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning
Lynda Birke, University of Chester, Institute for Biology
Margo Demello, Canisius College, Anthrozoology
Erica Feuerbacher, Virginia Tech, Department of Animal and Poultry Science
John Hadley, Western Sydney University, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado, Department of Sociology
Robert McKay, University of Sheffield, School of English
Mara Miele, Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning
Brett Mizelle, California State University, Department of History
Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison Area Technical College
Kristin Stewart, Canisius College, Anthrozoology
Stephen Patrick Vrla, Detroit Zoological Society, Humane Education
Karl L. Wuensch, East Carolina University, Department of Psychology
Review Editors Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University, Department of Philosophy
Sally Borrell, Independent Scholar, Literature
Katie Gillespie, University of Washington, Comparative History of Ideas
Pete Porter, Eastern Washington University, Department of Theatre and Film
Corey Wrenn, University of Kent, School of Social Policy
Board of Editors Emma Alleyne (Kent, UK, Psychology), Sara Balcom (Maryland, Animal and Avian Sciences), Gordon Burghardt (Tennessee, Psychology), Josephine Donovan (Maine, Literature), Catherine Faver (Texas, Social Work), Clifton Flynn (South Carolina, Sociology), Carrie Packwood Freeman (Georgia State, Communications), Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde, UK, Literature), Kathleen M. Heide (South Florida, Criminology), Bill Henry (State College of Denver, Psychology), Harold Herzog (Western Carolina, Psychology), Jennifer Jackman (Salem State, Political Science), Stephanie Jenkins (Oregon State, Philosophy), Hilda Kean (Greenwich, History), Lori Kogan (Colorado State, Psychology), Randy Malamud (Georgia State, Literature), Lori Marino (Emory, Neuroscience), Garry Marvin (Roehampton, UK, Anthropology), Maureen O'Connor (Cork, Literature), Martyn Pickersgill (Edinburgh, Sociology of Science), Harriet Ritvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History), Sandra Swart (Stellenbosch, History), Chris Wilbert (Independent scholar, Geography), Rhoda M. Wilkie (Aberdeen, Sociology), Tzachi Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Philosophy)