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1. Introductions / Overviews, we recommend to start with the following sources:


Arluke, Arnold / Sanders, Clinton R. (eds.) 2009. Between the Species: A Reader in Human-Animal Relationships. Boston, MA, Allyn & Bacon.

Armstrong, Susan /  Botzler, Richard G. (eds.) ²2008. The Animal Ethics Reader. 2nd Edition. London,  Routledge.

Beauchamp, Tom L. / Frey, Raymond G., (eds.) 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Bekoff, Marc (ed.) ²2010. Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. 2 Volume Set. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood Press,

Bryant, Taimie L. /  Huss, Rebecca J. /  Cassuto, David N. (eds.) 2008. Animal Law and the Courts: A Reader. St. Paul, MN, Thomson/West.

Buechler, Steven 2011. Understanding Social Movements: Theories from the Classical Era to the Present. Boulder, CO, Paradigm Publishers. “The importance of cognitive appeals is effectively explored in the animal rights movement, in which protesters have strategically opted for logical, rational arguments specifically to deflect criticism of sentimentality and playing to emotions”. page 205.

Chapouthier, Georges /  Nouet, Jean-Claude (eds.) 1998. The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights : Comments and Intentions. Paris, Ligue Francaise des Droit de l´Animal.

Cochrane, Alasdair 2010. An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory. Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan.

Castricano, Jodey (ed.) 2008. Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World (Cultural Studies). Waterloo, ON, Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Donovan, Josephine (ed.) 2007. Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics: A Reader. New York, NY, Columbia University Press.

Flynn, Clifton P. (ed.) 2008. Social Creatures. A Human and Animal Studies Reader. New York, NY, Lantern Books.

Garner, Robert 2007. Animal Rights Movements. In: Ritzer, George (ed.). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (Online-Version)

Kalof, Linda (ed.) 2017. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies. Oxford, OUP.


Kalof, Linda / Fitzgerald, Amy J. (eds.). 2007. The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Oxford, Berg.  

Munro, Lyle 2012.  Learning and Teaching Guide on the animal rights movement in theory and practice,   This guide accompanies the following article:

Munro, Lyle 2012. The Animal Rights Movement in Theory and Practice: A Review of the Sociological Literature. Sociology Compass 6(2): 166-181.

*Palmer, Clare (ed.) 2008. Animal Rights. Clare Palmer. Series: The International Library of Essays on Rights. Aldershot, GB, Ashgate Publishing Company.

Pfau-Effinger, Birgit / Buschka, Sonja (eds.) 2013. Gesellschaft und Tiere. Soziologische Analysen eines ambivalenten Verhältnisses. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Schmitz, Friederike (ed.) 2014. Tierethik - Grundlagentexte. Berlin, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag.

Wilkie, Rhoda / Inglis, David (eds.) 2007. Animals and Society.  Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences London, Routledge.

Wolf, Ursula (ed.) 2008. Texte zur Tierethik. Stuttgart, Reclam.