Well-known within the animal movements as the author of Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation, Dr. David Nibert is a professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Historically grounded, and passionately argued, Nibert’s theory contends that oppression is primarily underpinned by economic gain and supported by state ideology. His scholarship offers both an economic analysis of oppression, including animal oppression, and a strong call for socialism. Beyond simply considering the roles animals have played within human society, significantly, Nibert also attempts to account for animals’ experiences and perspectives throughout history.
His recent paper entitled “Cows, Profits, and Genocide: The Oppressive Side of ‘Beef’ Consumption,” recently presented at Brock’s “Thinking about Animals: Domination, Captivity, Liberation” conference, carries forward Nibert’s economic critique through a sustained case study. Focusing on capitalism, colonialism, and their intimate connection to the exploitation of cows, Nibert explores how the colonization of the Americas was intertwined with the growth of the “beef” industry. Provocatively, he ties his historical insights into contemporary examples: “The entangled oppression of devalued humans and cows is most obvious today in Brazil and the Darfur region in western Sudan — where murder and displacement are tied to the expansion of the profitable ‘beef industry.'” Tune in to hear more about this and related arguments.
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