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Trump Veganism: A Political Survey of American Vegans in the Era of Identity Politics

Wrenn, Corey (2017) Trump Veganism: A Political Survey of American Vegans in the Era of Identity Politics. Societies, 7 (4). Article Number 32. E-ISSN 2075-4698. (doi:10.3390/soc7040032) (KAR id:72428)


Often stereotyped as being apathetic to the human suffering, the American vegan movement has historically failed to build alliances with other social justice movements. As intersectional feminism gains a foothold in the movement and external political crises challenge the movement’s frame of reference, the role that identity plays in movement progress has become a serious concern. Using the 2016 election as a flashpoint, this article considers if the identity backlash characterized by the Trump campaign finds parallels in the American vegan movement. A survey of 287 American vegans finds limited evidence of Trump veganism, defined here as a single-issue focus on speciesism that rejects the relevance of human-experienced systems of oppression. However, respondents do find that movement diversity efforts are insufficient, especially when controlling for race and gender. Most respondents were ethically-motivated vegans, liberal voters, and intersectionally-oriented activists who reported multiple engagements with various leftist movements. Only four percent of respondents voted Trump, while 14% agreed with or were neutral about Trump’s campaign promise to put “America first”. Those who were vegan for reasons of self-interest and had been vegan for less than a year were significantly more likely to support Trump’s conservative agenda and were slightly less likely to participate in other social movements.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/soc7040032
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal rights; identity politics; political attitudes; social movements; veganism
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 08:08 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 03:19 UTC
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