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Discourses of discord: animal activism and moral judgement

Pedersen, C and White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2021 , 'Discourses of discord: animal activism and moral judgement' , International Criminology , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1007/s43576-021-00027-w.

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Abstract

This article explores discourses surrounding animal activism with reference to a moral judgement continuum. The analysiscategorises animal activism in terms of discrete, yet overlapping, frames of ‘good’ animal activism and ‘bad’ animal activism.Diferent types of activism elicit diferent responses from the media, the general public and farmers alike. Where activismthat condemns animal-based industries in their entirety are often subject to collective condemnation, activism that shedslight on specifc instances of animal mistreatment often receives widespread support—including from farmers themselves.Another variable that shapes responses to animal activism by farmers and that has tangible impacts on their perceptions andactions is where farmers are situated in regard to economic vulnerability and social resilience. In this article, we delineatethe complexities surrounding the welfare-rights and vulnerable-resilient variables by engaging with empirical examplesderived from the Australian context. Animal activism is all too often framed in reductive and polarising ways. This articlesheds light on the importance of more fuid analyses of complicated issues.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pedersen, C and White, R
Keywords: animal activism, animal rights, animal welfare, farmers, discourse, media framing, vulnerability
Journal or Publication Title: International Criminology
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISSN: 2662-9968
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s43576-021-00027-w
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© The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

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