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The Animal Rights Struggle
The Animal Rights Struggle
An Essay in Historical Sociology
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"Well written and clearly argued, this book should appeal to all audiences" - N.B. Rosenthal, Choice Magazine

Christophe Traïni

The Animal Rights Struggle

An Essay in Historical Sociology

Since the early nineteenth century, numerous campaigns have denounced the mistreatment of animals. This book compares the British and French histories of the animal-protection movement to retrace its origins and impact up to the present day. As Christophe Traïni shows, the struggle for animal rights - inextricably linked to the rise of philanthropy and established long before the birth of the ecology movement - developed out of several important social and political processes, including changes in sensibilities and socially approved emotions, new definitions of what constitutes legitimate violence, and the influence of religious beliefs.

Originally published as La cause animale. Essai de sociologie historique (1820-1980), 2011 ©Presses Universitaires de France
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Christophe Traïni

Christophe Traïni is professor of political science at the Institute of Political Science in Aix-en-Provence. His publications include La musique en colère (Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2008), La cause animale (Paris: PUF, 2011), and the edition of the reader Emotions ... mobilisation!(Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2009).