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Animal Rights Activism

A Moral-Sociological Perspective on Social Movements

Kerstin Jacobsson Jonas Lindblom

160 pages
Amsterdam University Press
We're in an era of ever increasing attention to animal rights, and activism around the issue is growing more widespread and prominent. In this volume, Jonas Lindblom and Kerstin Jacobsson use the animal rights movement in Sweden to offer the first analysis of social movements through the lens of Emile Durkheim's sociology of morality. By positing social movements as essentially a moral phenomenon-and morality itself as a social fact-the book complements more structural, cultural, or strategic action-based approaches, even as it also demonstrates the continuing value of classical sociological approaches to understanding contemporary society.
Author Bio
Kerstin Jacobsson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg. Her most recent books are Social Movements in Post-communist Europe and Russia (Routledge 2014) and Beyond NGO-ization. The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe (Ashgate 2013, both co-edited with Steven Saxonberg). Jonas Lindblom is Associate Professor of Sociology at Mälardalen University. Recent publications include articles in Deviant Behavior, Acta Sociologica and Social Movements Studies.