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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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For Killable

For Killable

Are any species killable?

(p.81) K For Killable
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the “desingularization” that defines the systematic human slaughter of animals, the ontological rupture between human and animal that considers the significance of their deaths incomparable, and the effacement of the reality of killing. The author draws on Donna Haraway’s concept of “making killable” to explore practices of ignorance, honouring, and recognition of animal death under capitalism

Keywords:   desingularization, animal slaughter, capitalism, consumption, effacement of killing, death, Donna Haraway, ignorance

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