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Animal Labor

A New Perspective on Human-Animal Relations

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Jocelyne Porcher(Hg.), Jean Estebanez(Hg.), Animal Labor (2019), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839443644

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Description / Abstract

Do animals work? Is it possible to work with animals without exploiting them? Might animals even be empowered through work? This provocative collection offers original answers to these questions and allows readers to think about human relationships with domestic animals beyond the well-trodden tropes of domination or animal welfare. To study animal work means to look at animals in new ways and to discover in them unsuspected skills and knowledge that open up new ethical and political horizons.


Jocelyne Porcher, born 1956, research director at the INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), defended her thesis in 2001. She has published many books on labour relations between humans and animals. Before she worked as a secretary, a dairy sheep farmer, in an industrial pork factory, and as a technician in organic farming.
Jean Estebanez, born 1982, defended his thesis in 2010 on the social function of zoos in the world. He is a lecturer in social and cultural geography at the Université Paris-Est Créteil. His recent publications deal with the question of the city's factory with animals and in particular the place that work takes there.

Table of content

  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Animal labor At the forefront of innovative research
  • Elmo and Paro© Why one works and not the other, and does it matter?
  • 3. Horses in the laboratory Conditioning and working
  • 4. Are screen animals actors?
  • 5. For a new conservation paradigm Interspecies labor: examples from human-elephant working communities
  • 6. Guide dogs Care workers
  • 7. The wolf and the Patou dog Freedom and work
  • 8. Military and police dogs Weapons or colleagues?
  • 9. From desolation to the creation of a common world Critical reflections on work in agriculture
  • 10. Draft horses in viticulture Conditions for the co-creation of value
  • Authors

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