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Animal AlterityScience Fiction and the Question of the Animal$
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Sherryl Vint

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312342

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316135

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Always-Already Meat: The Human–Animal Boundary and Ethics

Always-Already Meat: The Human–Animal Boundary and Ethics

(p.24) 1. Always-Already Meat: The Human–Animal Boundary and Ethics
Animal Alterity

This chapter explores texts that define the human–animal boundary and the practices it supports, focusing on the consumption of animals as one of the demarcations of the human–animal interaction. It investigates the integration of animals into human social relations, which is brought about by the emergence of capitalism, and also analyses texts which are concerned with the ethics of who eats whom, arguing that humans can consume animals and that reversing this relationship is somehow unnatural.

Keywords:   human–animal boundary, consumption, animals, human social relations, capitalism, ethics

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