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Animal ethos : the morality of human-animal encounters in experimental lab science

Sharp, Lesley Alexandra, author.
Animal ethos : the morality of human-animal encounters in experimental lab science / Lesley A. Sharp.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
xiv, 296 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Portion of title
Morality of human-animal encounters in experimental lab science
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-286) and index.
  • Introduction: moral entanglements in experimental animal science
  • Part I. Intimacy. The sentimental structure of laboratory life
  • Why do monkeys watch TV?
  • Part II. Sacrifice: an interlude. The lives and deaths of laboratory animals
  • Part III. Exceptionalism. Science and salvation
  • The animal commons
  • Conclusion: the other animal.
"What are the moral challenges and consequences of animal research in academic laboratory settings? Animal Ethos considers how the inescapable needs of lab research necessitate interspecies encounters that, in turn, engender unexpected moral responses among a range of associated personnel. Whereas much has been written about codified, bioethical rules and regulations that inform proper lab behavior and decorum, Animal Ethos, as an in-depth, ethnographic project, probes the equally rich--yet poorly understood--realm of ordinary or everyday morality, where serendipitous, creative, and unorthodox thought and action evidence concerted efforts to transform animal laboratories into moral, scientific worlds. The work is grounded in efforts to integrate theory within medical anthropology (and, more particularly, on suffering and moral worth), animal studies, and science and technology studies (STS). Contrary to established scholarship that focuses exclusively on single professions (such as the researcher or technician), Animal Ethos tracks across the spectrum of the lab labor hierarchy by considering the experiences of researchers, animal technicians, and lab veterinarians. In turn, it offers comparative insights on animal activists. When taken together, this range of parties illuminates the moral complexities of experimental lab research. The affective qualities of interspecies intimacy, animal death, and species preference are of special analytical concern, as reflected in the themes of 'Intimacy,' 'Sacrifice,' and 'Exceptionalism' that anchor this work"--Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Laboratory animals--Moral and ethical aspects.
Human-animal relationships--Moral and ethical aspects.
Animal welfare--Moral and ethical aspects.
Medical subjects
Animals, Laboratory.
Animal Welfare--ethics.
Animal Experimentation--ethics.
Biomedical Research--ethics.
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Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
QL55 .S532 2019
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