Where are the nonhuman Animals in the Sociology of Climate Change?

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The emergence of interdisciplinary animal studies during recent decades challenges sociologists to critically reflect upon anthropocentric ontology and to paint a more comprehensive picture of the social. This article focuses on the recent emergence of the sociology of climate change during the last twenty years, with a warning that it may have proceeded without critical interrogation of residual humanism evidenced by the exclusion of nonhuman animals. The inclusion of these nonhuman animals in the discussion of human/animal relations is vital in the societal discourse of climate change. After surveying key texts and leading journal literature, it is clear that this discussion of human/animal relations is lacking or altogether omitted. It is then worth considering how animalized environmental sociology could contribute to redefining the discipline of sociology as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalSociety and Animals
Early online date6 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Oct 2020


  • animal Studies
  • sociology
  • environmental sociology
  • climate change
  • animal-industrial complex


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