What is it about?

The notion of speciesism has been used extensively to describe the practices of oppression and exploitation that billions of animals endure in our societies. But what is actually the opposite of speciesism? How can we describe relationships with other animals that are non-speciesist, without saying what they are not? This text seeks to define a counter-concept (multi-species-isms) that can help us to imagine and describe non-speciesism. It also offers examples of these instances through several illustrations. The goal is to develop a repertoire of multispecies relationships that can help to imagine non-speciesist futures.

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Why is it important?

The notion and practices of speciesism are getting more and more attention in society, especially among animal activists. But, in order to think about non-speciesist futures with other animals, it is important to develop a concept that can describe non-speciesism, without saying what it is not. This paper reflects on the possibilities for such a counter-concept.

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This page is a summary of: What is the opposite of speciesism? On relational care ethics and illustrating multi-species-isms, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, July 2020, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijssp-09-2019-0176.
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