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Literature on the ethics and politics of food and that on human–animal relationships have infrequently converged. Representing an initial step toward bridging this divide, Messy Eating features interviews with thirteen prominent and emerging scholars about the connections between their academic work and their approach to consuming animals as food. The collection explores how authors working across a range of perspectives—postcolonial, Indigenous, black, queer, trans, feminist, disability, poststructuralist, posthumanist, and multispecies—weave their theoretical and political orientations with daily, intimate, and visceral practices of food consumption, preparation, and ingestion.

Each chapter introduces a scholar for whom the tangled, contradictory character of human–animal relations raises difficult questions about what they eat. Representing a departure from canonical animal rights literature, most authors featured in the collection do not make their food politics or identities explicit in their published work. While some interviewees practice vegetarianism or veganism, and almost all decry the role of industrialized animal agriculture in the environmental crisis, the contributors tend to reject a priori ethical codes and politics grounded in purity, surety, or simplicity. Remarkably free of proscriptions, but attentive to the Eurocentric tendencies of posthumanist animal studies, Messy Eating reveals how dietary habits are unpredictable and dynamic, shaped but not determined by life histories, educational trajectories, disciplinary homes, activist experiences, and intimate relationships.

These accessible and engaging conversations offer rare and often surprising insights into pressing social issues through a focus on the mundane—and messy— interactions that constitute the professional, the political, and the personal.

Contributors: Neel Ahuja, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Matthew Calarco, Lauren Corman, Naisargi Dave, Maneesha Deckha, María Elena García, Sharon Holland, Kelly Struthers Montford, H. Peter Steeves, Kim TallBear, Sunaura Taylor, Harlan Weaver, Kari Weil, Cary Wolfe

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: Messy Eating
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Turning Toward and Away
  2. Cary Wolfe
  3. pp. 19-35
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  1. Subjectivities and Intersections
  2. Lauren Corman
  3. pp. 36-53
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  1. Being in Relation
  2. Kim TallBear
  3. pp. 54-67
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  1. The Tyranny of Consistency
  2. Naisargi Dave
  3. pp. 68-83
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  1. Justice and Nonviolence
  2. Maneesha Deckha
  3. pp. 84-98
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  1. Doing What You Can
  2. Kari Weil
  3. pp. 99-111
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  1. Waking Up
  2. H. Peter Steeves
  3. pp. 112-127
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  1. Entangled
  2. María Elena García
  3. pp. 128-142
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  1. Disability and Interdependence
  2. Sunaura Taylor
  3. pp. 143-156
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  1. Asking Hard Questions
  2. Neel Ahuja
  3. pp. 157-171
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  1. Interspecies Intersectionalities
  2. Harlan Weaver
  3. pp. 172-187
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  1. Living Philosophically
  2. Matthew Calarco
  3. pp. 188-203
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  1. Taking Things Back, Piece by Piece
  2. Sharon Holland
  3. pp. 204-220
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  1. Codas
  1. Coda: Toward an Analytic of Agricultural Power
  2. Kelly Struthers Montford
  3. pp. 223-232
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  1. Coda: Thinking Paradoxically
  2. Billy-Ray Belcourt
  3. pp. 233-242
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Recommended Reading
  2. pp. 245-254
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823283675
Related ISBN
9780823283644
MARC Record
OCLC
1096184982
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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