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Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

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Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David Nibert reaches a strikingly different conclusion. He finds in the domestication of animals, wh ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Columbia University Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Corey Wrenn
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While Nonhuman Animal studies have been gathering momentum in the social sciences, much of the literature focuses on the human experience with other animals. Sadly, Nonhuman Animals are rarely recognized as a social group themselves. While the impact of Nonhuman Animals on human culture is relevant, too often, sociology fails to explore the impact of *human* animals on other species. David Nibert’s 2013 publication stands as one of the few works that critically engages the oppression of Nonhuman ...more
Tristan
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars bc I agree with Nibert's arguments & think they're super important. Unforunately, Nibbs is a poor excuse for an academic who quotes at excessive length instead of organically developing his own points in a genuine manner. I have no idea how he got this text thru an editor. That being said, the bibliography he domesecrates is excellent & the text as a whole presents an incredible alt-history of animal exploitation and its direct relationship w human conflict, disease, genocide, al ...more
Rico
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fine book, although not written by a historian, covers a lot of fascinating historical material.

The big area it falls down in is trying to link the idea of animal use and capitalism.

Yes, animal use flourished under capitalism, but it was also evident in any other kind of political/economic system you'd care to name (on a country wide level).

The anticapitalist view is one that sees various problems in society and wants to replace them wholesale with something
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Abigail
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Read for a class. So depressing. I mean, so true, but man, you do not come out of that book with any warm and fuzzys.
Corvus
I decided to put this one down after finishing about 1/3 of it or so. The topics are important but the book wasn't what I expected. I thought it would do more connecting and explaining of issues of capitalism and animal exploitation but it's more if a extensively researched chronicle of colonialism and animal exploitation that is trying to fit way too much history in a very small space. It moved so fast I couldn't really sink into any period of time to fully grasp what was happening. Maybe my br ...more
Foppe
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended, especially for those who care about social justice issues. 5th star because of the novel premise.
Julia Hawks
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History lesson you don’t get in school

Perhaps more people would stop supporting animal agriculture if they picked up this amazing and incredibly insightful book. Well done!
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