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In using sociological perspectives to examine other animals in society Animals and Sociology challenges traditional assumptions about the very nature of sociology. Sociology often centres on humans; however, other animals are everywhere in society. Humans eat the flesh of other animals and wear their skins and hair as clothing. Other animals live with humans in their homes and work for humans in a myriad of ways. Human entertainment is often serviced by the capture and performances of other animals and human speech often invokes other animal metaphors. Kay Peggs investigates these relationships with other animals, and many more, using sociological theories and perspectives. In doing so, she explores the significant contribution that sociology can make to our understanding of human relations with other animals and the important contribution that the study of other animals in society can make to sociology. In conclusion, she considers the role of sociology for other animals.
Series Editors' Foreword
- Sociology and Animals- Beginnings
- Animals and Biology as Destiny
- Animals, Social Inequalities andOppression
- Animals,Crime andAbuse
- Town and Country: Animals, Space and Place
- Consumption of the Animal
- Animals, Leisure and Culture
- Animal Experiments and Animal Rights
- Conclusion: Sociology for Other Animals
Kay Peggs is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her current published work centres on animals in society. She has previously published on women and ageing, gender and health, and couple relationships. She is co-author with Richard Lampard of Identity and Repartnering after Separation whichwas published by Palgrave in 2007.