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Discriminating Spirits: Cultural Source Theory and the Human-Nonhuman Boundary

Wrenn, Corey (2019) Discriminating Spirits: Cultural Source Theory and the Human-Nonhuman Boundary. Mortality, . ISSN 1357-6275. E-ISSN 1469-9885. (doi:10.1080/13576275.2019.1622519)

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Abstract

Ghosts symbolically represent the social recognition of a subject’s personhood as well as the legitimacy of that individual’s experience with inequality since many haunting narratives center grievance. Marginalized groups may be so oppressed that they do not warrant acknowledgement, thus protecting the distinctiveness of privileged groups. Nonhuman Animals, for instance, are much less likely to be recognized as ghosts, especially farmed species. To explore the relationship between oppression and the cultural visibility of other animals, this article revisits cultural source theory with a qualitative content analysis of 20 ghost anthologies. Results support human bias in haunting narratives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13576275.2019.1622519
Uncontrolled keywords: Animals and Society, Death and Dying, Ghosts, Human-Nonhuman Relationships, Vegan Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 17:12 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 10:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73704 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Wrenn, Corey: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4041-0015
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