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The Medicalization of Nonhuman Animal Rights: Frame Contestation and the Exploitation of Disability

Wrenn, Corey, Joanne, Clark, Maddie, Judge, Katharine, Gilchrist, Delanie, Woodlock, Katherine, Dotson, Riva, Spanos, Jonothan, Wrenn (2015) The Medicalization of Nonhuman Animal Rights: Frame Contestation and the Exploitation of Disability. Disability and Society, 30 (9). pp. 1307-1327. ISSN 0968-7599. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2015.1099518) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Nonhuman Animal rights activists are sometimes dismissed as ‘crazy’ or irrational by countermovements seeking to protect status quo social structures. Social movements themselves often utilize disability narratives in their claimsmaking as well. In this article, we argue that Nonhuman Animal exploitation and Nonhuman Animal rights activism are sometimes medicalized in frame disputes. The contestation over mental ability ultimately exploits humans with disabilities. The medicalization of Nonhuman Animal rights activism diminishes activists’ social justice claims, but the movement’s medicalization of Nonhuman Animal use unfairly otherizes its target population and treats disability identity as a pejorative. Utilizing a content analysis of major newspapers and anti-speciesist activist blogs published between 2009 and 2013, it is argued that disability has been incorporated into the tactical repertoires of the Nonhuman Animal rights movement and countermovements, becoming a site of frame contestation. The findings could have implications for a number of other social movements that also negatively utilize disability narratives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09687599.2015.1099518
Uncontrolled keywords: ableism; animal rights; frames; identity; medicalization; social movements
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 08:46 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:23 UTC
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