• Salla Tuomivaara
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


This chapter summarizes the key findings of the book: What kinds of questions are Westermarck and Durkheim asking when animals appear in their texts? What are the main differences between Westermarck’s and Durkheim’s ideas on human–animal relations and how are these views reflected in their views on sociology as a discipline? The challenge of bringing animals back into sociology is also discussed. Is sociology ready to face the animal others and to recognize their similarities with humans—and could we accept our own human animality?


Posthumanism Classical sociology Westermarck Durkheim History of sociology Sociological animal studies 


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