The concept of animal resistance is now reaching a wide audience across the social media landscape. Animal Resistance in the Global Capitalist Era offers an overview of how animals resist human orderings in the context of capitalism, domestication, and colonization. Exploring this understudied phenomenon, this book is attentive to both the standpoints of animal resisters and the ways they are represented in human society. Together, these lenses provide insight into how animals’ resistance disrupts the dominant paradigm of human exceptionalism and the distancing strategies of enterprises that exploit animals for profit. Animals have been relegated to the margins by human spatial and ideological orderings, but they are also the subjects of their own struggle, located at the center of their liberation movement. Well-researched and accessible, with over fifty images that aid in understanding both the experiences of and responses to animals who resist, Animal Resistance in the Global Capitalist Era is an important contribution to scholarship on animals and society. The text will appeal to a broad audience interested in the relationships between humans and the other animals with whom we share this planet.
Part 1. Why Do Animals Resist?
Chapter 1. Imagining Animal Resistance
Chapter 2. Societal Conditions of Animal Oppression
Chapter 3. Motivations for Animal Resistance
Part 2. How Do Animals Resist?
Chapter 4. Animals’ Social and Political Agency
Chapter 5. Methods of Animal Resistance
Chapter 6. Into the Wild
Part 3. To What Ends (and Beginnings) Do Animals Resist?
Chapter 7. Public Responses to Animal Resistance
Chapter 8. Sanctuaries
Chapter 9. Outcomes and Multispecies Solidarity
SARAT COLLING is a writer, activist, and critical animal studies scholar. She works as the program director for the Hornby Island Natural History Centre on Hornby Island, British Columbia.
A testimony to the horrendous plight our animal siblings have been enduring at human hands since the dawn of civilization. Sarat Colling allows us to hear the voices of animal resistance as she builds an irrefutable argument for the elimination of the physical and epistemic borders that keep humans locked in supremacy and nonhumans behind the wall of silence and abuse. Written with deep empathy and respect, this book is a must-read. —Layla Abdelrahim, author of Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation and Wild Children—Domesticated Dreams
Sarat Colling’s Animal Resistance in the Global Capitalist Era offers a profoundly important and overdue contribution: a deep dive into how animals resist the logics of global capitalism that have, for so long, thoroughly shaped their lives and exploitation. Farmed animals, in particular, have been persistently overlooked, but Colling’s attention to their resistance makes a powerful statement about their agency and their ongoing rejection of their conditions, and demands that as humans we act in solidarity with this growing social movement. Colling’s writing weaves beautiful and moving stories of individual animals resisting their conditions with sharp and timely analysis that contextualizes these acts of resistance. Ultimately, Colling inspires action and a complete rethinking of farmed and other animals’ positioning in global society. —Kathryn Gillespie, author of The Cow with Ear Tag #1389
This powerful and cutting-edge work breaks new theoretical ground by examining nonhuman animal agency and couching the analysis in a political-economic, historical, post-colonialist analysis. From the amazing act of resistance of Emily the cow to the memorialized resistance of Francis the pig, the author masterfully places stories of the resistance of oppressed nonhuman animals in social structural perspective. —David Nibert, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University
Sarat Colling offers a landmark scholarly book about animals and society . . . Animal Resistance in the Global Capitalist Era is a well-researched, extremely unique, and highly readable work that surely will appeal to a broad global audience interested in human-nonhuman relationships (anthrozoology). —Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder