Is animal labour inherently oppressive, or can work be a source of meaning, solidarity, and social membership for animals? This challenging question drives this thought-provoking collection which explores the possibilities and complexities of animal labour as a site for interspecies justice. The book assembles an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who carefully grapple with the many facets, implications, and entanglements of animal labour, and who, crucially, place animals at the heart of their analyses. Can animals engage in good work and have humane jobs? What kinds of labour rights are appropriate for animal workers? Can animals consent to work? Would recognizing animals as workers improve their legal and political status, or simply reinforce the perception that they are beasts of burden? Can a focus on labour help to create or deepen bonds between animal advocates and other social justice movements? While the authors present a range of views on these questions, their contributions make clear that labour must be taken seriously by everyone interested in more just and ethical multispecies futures.
About the authors
Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University. He is the author of seven books published by Oxford University Press, most recently Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (2011), co-authored with Sue Donaldson. His previous books include Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights (1995) and Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007). In 2013, he delivered the HLA Hart Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford on Animals and the Frontiers of Citizenship.
Other titles by Will Kymlicka
Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: From Machiavelli to Nietzsche
The Strains of Commitment
The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies
International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity
Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law
Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity
Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World
Canada and the World
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings
Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Texts
A Political Theory of Animal Rights