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Pedersen, Helena
Animals in schools : processes and strategies in human-animal education / Helena Pedersen
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2010
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Subject(s) Human-animal relationships -- Study and teaching
Animal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Study and teaching
Humane education
Physical Description viii, 146 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Critical animal studies and education research: a background -- The Emergence of Educational "Animal Stories" -- Conceptualizing animals -- Becoming a "professional" animal caretaker: emotion management and other forms of socialization -- Education for action and the teacher role -- Educational Encounters with Animal Practices -- Education, animals, and visual power arrangements -- "The fantastic world of the Lion King" : animals and commodification processes -- Killing animals: struggles for legitimacy -- Processes and Strategies in Human-Animal Education
Summary This book explores important questions in the field of critical animal studies and education by close examination of a wide range of educational situations and classroom activities. How are human-animal relations expressed and discussed in school? How do teachers and students develop strategies to handle ethical conflicts arising from the ascribed position of animals as accessible to human control, use, and killing? How do schools deal with topics such as zoos, hunting, and meat consumption? These are questions that have profound implications for education and society. They are graphically described, discussed and rendered problematic based on detailed ethnographic research and are analyzed by means of a synthesis of perspectives from critical theory, gender and postcolonial thought. This work makes human-animal relations a crucial issue for pedagogical theory and practice. In the various physical and social dimensions of the school environment, a diversity of social representations of animals are produced and reproduced. These representations tell stories about human-animal boundaries and identities and bring to the fore a complex of questions about domination and subordination, normativity and deviance, rationality and empathy as well as possibilities of resistance and change
Series New directions in the human-animal bond

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