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Tainted love: the trials and tribulations of a career in animal studies

O'Sullivan, S, Watt, Y ORCID: 0000-0002-0857-4821 and Probyn-Rapsey, F 2019 , 'Tainted love: the trials and tribulations of a career in animal studies' , Society and Animals , doi: 10.1163/15685306-00001677.

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Developing an academic career can be exciting, rewarding and stimulating. It can also be challenging, disheartening and highly insecure. Results from a survey of Animal Studies scholars identifies reasons why pursuing an academic career in Animal Studies might generate additional challenges, over and above those experienced by academics generally. For example, 44 per cent of respondents stated that in their view undertaking research in Animal Studies ‘creates challenges for an academic career’. This is compared to just 16 per cent who thought that it is an advantage. Yet despite the challenges, there is much that is positive about an Animal Studies career. Participants describe being in ‘dialogue with clever colleagues’, view their work as ‘totally engaging’ and report feeling ‘morally useful’. This in turn affords Animal Studies scholars an authenticity that may be of long-term benefit in the competitive and constantly transforming world of academic employment.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Sullivan, S and Watt, Y and Probyn-Rapsey, F
Keywords: animal studies, academic career, research, academic employment, human-animal studies
Journal or Publication Title: Society and Animals
Publisher: Brill
ISSN: 1568-5306
DOI / ID Number: 10.1163/15685306-00001677
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Copyright 2019 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden

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