Education for Total Liberation: Critical Animal Pedagogy and Teaching Against Speciesism

Published Date: April 22, 2019

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Education for Total Liberation is a collection of essays from leaders in the field of critical animal pedagogy (CAP). CAP emerges from activist educators teaching critical animal studies and is rooted in critical theory as well as the animal advocacy movement. Critical animal studies (CAS) argues for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our relationships with nonhuman animals. CAS challenges two specific fields of theory: (1) animal studies, rooted in vivisection and testing on animals in the hard sciences and (2) human-animal studies, which reinforces a socially constructed binary between humans and animals and adopts abstract theoretical approaches. In contrast, CAS takes a progressive and committed approach to scholarship and sees the exploitation of nonhuman animals as interrelated with oppression of humans based on class, gender, race, ability, sexuality, age, and citizenship. CAS promotes the liberation of all animals and challenges all systems of domination. Education for Total Liberation is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level readers (and beyond) who wish to learn from examples of radical pedagogical projects shaped by CAS and critical pedagogy.

Contributing to this collection are Anne C. Bell, Anita de Melo, Carolyn Drew, Amber E. George, Karin Gunnarsson Dinker, Sinem Ketenci, John Lupinacci, Anthony J. Nocella II, Sean Parson, Helena Pedersen, Ian Purdy, Constance L. Russell, J.L. Schatz, Meneka Repka, William E. Shanahan III, and Richard J, White.


“As it becomes increasingly obvious that our planet is being murdered by antiquated ideologies and beliefs (e.g., capitalism, speciesism, and delusions of human supremacism), it is essential that these ideologies and beliefs are deconstructed with sound theory and reconstituted with alternative strategies of action. This book is an excellent mix of both theory and action as it pertains to teaching the pedagogy of critical animal studies.”
Mark Seis, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Fort Lewis College

“A truly powerful intersectional book dedicated to social justice education. This anthology is international and dedicated to collaborative, transformative, critical, and inclusive pedagogy. Read this book if you are interested in advancing the pedagogical realm.”
Moneka Stevens, Save the Kids

“«Education for Total Liberation» is a must-read for activists, students and scholars. Finally, an entire book on critical animal pedagogy! This important text calls for a radicalising of what the field of critical animal pedagogy stands for and the different perspectives that exist across the field in both theory and practice. What an exciting book!”
Lara Drew, member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies

“«Education for Total Liberation» is timely, provocative, engaging, and informative. The contributors ask us to rethink our relation to ourselves, the natural environment, nonhuman animals, systems of domination, and education. This is a wonderful book and a must-read!”
Jason Del Gandio, co-editor of «Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution»

“Primary education and the academy are powerful ideological agents that justify and normalize the entangled oppression of humans and other animals. This important CAS volume of powerful, transformative strategies and techniques should be required reading for all educators and justice advocates.”
David Nibert, Wittenberg University

“At the intersections of education and action, this important collection illuminates the importance of praxis to critical studies, offering readers a variety of entry points into the increasingly important realm of critical animal studies for liberation.”
Erik Juergensmeyer, editor of «Green Theory and Praxis Journal


Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Salt Lake Community College.

Carolyn Drew holds a M.Ed. in adult education and is Director of Regions of the Institute of Critical Animal Studies.

Amber E. George, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Finance of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies.

Sinem Ketenci, MSW, is a social worker and a co-founder of the vegan clubs at Ryerson and Canterbury Universities.

John Lupinacci, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

Ian Purdy is a co-organizer of the open lecture series Animal Rights Academy at the University of Toronto.

J.L. Schatz is Lecturer in English and Feminist Evolutionary Theory at Binghamton University.

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