By Kay Peggs (auth.)
Animals and Sociology demanding situations conventional assumptions concerning the nature of sociology. Sociology usually centres on people; in spite of the fact that, different animals are all over in society.Kay Peggs explores the numerous contribution that sociology could make to our figuring out of human family members with different animals.
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The ﬁrst factor (economic exploitation/competition) points to the ways in which humans and other animals are used as economic resources for the beneﬁt of a minority of humans. Factor two centres on the unequal distribution of power in society and on the ways in which one group, powerful humans, can exert power and control over other humans and other animals. The third factor draws attention to how particular groups (certain groups of humans and all other animals) are devalued by powerful groups.
We will see later in this chapter that the points above are not mutually exclusive; however, before we get there ﬁrst I want to explore biological determinism, as this is central to sociology’s rejection of the explicitly biological. Biological comparisons: Biology as destiny Biological essentialism is a signiﬁcant issue in sociology because sociology has spent much time countering biological essentialist notions of the biological, physiological and (increasingly discussed) genetic roots of human social behaviour.
Because such research promotes the gene as the ultimate engineer in the body, Tim Newton notes that ‘genomics has the potential to erode, if not collapse, some of the temporal distinctions between the biological and the social domain’ (2007, p. 100). In consequence, Sheila Jasanoff (2005) observes, such research seems to demand ‘a fundamental rethinking of the identity of the human self and its place in larger natural, social and political orders’ (cited in Newton, 2007, p. 100). Of course, the popular perception of the charting of the human genetic map goes way beyond the actual achievement (Newton, 2007, p.
Animals and Sociology by Kay Peggs (auth.)