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Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities

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Edited by: Irus Braverman

ISBN13: 9781138943117
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The legal investigation of nonhuman life – and of the animal question in particular – is typically considered via a reformist discourse of animal rights. Within this discourse, legal rights have been extended to certain nonhuman animals through the same liberal framework that has afforded human rights before it. This interdisciplinary collection proposes a new subject of inquiry: lively legalities. The contributors – scholars from a variety of backgrounds and disciplinary orientations – envision the possibility of legal frameworks that might move beyond a humanist perspective.

The book asks what, in legal terms, it means to be human and nonhuman, what it means to govern and to be governed, and what are the ethical and political concerns that emerge in the project of governing not only human but also more-than-human life. While the contributors take nonhuman animals as a departure point, they recognize that the questions articulated above also apply to non-animal life forms, aggregations of life, and ecological processes.

Drawing on a vast array of expertise—from law, geography, and anthropology, through animal studies and posthumanism, to Science and Technology Studies—the contributors consider the vast possibilities of lively legalities: which is to say the myriad ways of living in the world, their inherent interconnections, and their manifestations in, and constitutions of, law.

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Subjects:
Animal Law
Contents:
Foreword, Cary Wolfe Introduction, Irus Braverman
Part 1. Law and the Anthropocene Lively Agency: Law and Life in the Anthropocene, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
The Inherent Conflict between Human and Non-Human Laws, Richard Janda & Richard Lehun
Part 2. Legal Life on the Edge Multispecies Families, Hospitality, and the Law, Eben Kirksey
The Regulatory Life of Threatened Species Lists, Irus Braverman
Part 3. Governing Wildlife Animal Resistance and the Improprieties of Live Property, Kathryn Gillespie
Probiotic Legalities: De-domestication, Rewilding, and the Law, Jamie Lorimer
Part 4. Administering Nonhumans: Personhood and Property Regimes The Promise and Perils of Non-Human Personhood, Lori Gruen Crow Kill, Adam Reed
Saving Animal Sacer: Administrative Law and the Political Lives of Captive Animals, Elan Abrell
Part 5. Unsettling Biopolitics From Background Noise to Polluters: Siting and Tracing Animals in the Fluid Ecologies of the EU Bathing Water Directive, Christopher Bear; Weaving with Jellyfish: Legislating the Paradoxes of the Anthropocene, Elizabeth R. Johnson Afterword, David Delaney