Making Sense of ‘Food’ Animals

A Critical Exploration of the Persistence of ‘Meat’

  • Paula Arcari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  3. Background

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      Pages 29-29
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  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-85
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  5. Part III

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      Pages 147-148
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  6. Part IV

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  7. Conclusion

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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-356

About this book


This book addresses the persistence of meat consumption and the use of animals as food in spite of significant challenges to their environmental and ethical legitimacy. It identifies what contributes to the persistent edibility of ‘food’ animals, even as this edibility is increasingly critiqued. Beginning with the question of how animals are variously mapped by humans according to their use value, it gradually unpacks the roots of our domination of ‘food’ animals – a domination distinguished by the literal embodiment of the ‘other’. The logics of this embodied domination are approached in three inter-related parts that explore how knowledge, sensory and emotional associations, and visibility work together to render animal’s bodies as edible flesh. The book concludes by exploring how to more effectively challenge the ‘entitled gaze’ that maintains ‘food’ animals as persistently edible.


Meat Consumption Critical Animal Studies Foucault Emotions Senses Ethico-aesthetics Posthuman

Authors and affiliations

  • Paula Arcari
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  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS)Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9584-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9585-7
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