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Veganism’s anti-anthropocentric capacity: A critical analysis of the advocacy discourse of three prominent vegan organisations

Gough, Louis Arthur

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Louis Arthur Gough



Abstract

Anthropocentrism has been identified as a root cause of nonhuman animal and intrahuman oppressions and the environmental crisis. Veganism has been celebrated as a philosophy and practice capable of undermining anthropocentrism, yet the anti-anthropocentric capacity of vegan advocacy is understudied. The current research provides a critical analysis of the online advocacy discourse of three prominent vegan organisations – The Vegan Society, PETA, and Viva! – elucidating areas of anthropocentric reinforcement and subversion in correspondence to the conceptual characteristics of anthropocentrism: human-centred narcissism and exceptionalism, the perceived human/animal dichotomy, and a corresponding moral hierarchy that exalts particular understandings of the “human” to the detriment of all considered other-than (Calarco 2014). Given the interconnectedness of nonhuman and human oppressions and importance of decentring the anthropocentric conception of the “human”, the intersectional strengths and shortcomings of the organisations’ vegan advocacy is additionally considered, with many areas of needed improvement being highlighted. The article contributes to research on vegan/nonhuman animal rights advocacy and social movement communication, and facilitates the future production of anti-anthropocentric, intersectional, vegan advocacy campaigns.

Citation

Gough, L. A. (2023). Veganism’s anti-anthropocentric capacity: A critical analysis of the advocacy discourse of three prominent vegan organisations. Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism, 11(1), 9-28. https://doi.org/10.7358/rela-2023-01-goul

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2023
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2023
Publication Date Jun 30, 2023
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 3, 2023
Journal Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
Electronic ISSN 2280-9643
Publisher LED Edizioni Universitarie
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 9-28
DOI https://doi.org/10.7358/rela-2023-01-goul
Keywords advocacy; animal rights; anthropocentrism; discourse analysis; intersectionality; nonhuman animals; online; oppression; social movements; veganisms
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/11147866
Publisher URL https://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Relations/article/view/4692/1789

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