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Collaborating Against Speciesism: The Oxford Group and Social Innovation

Wrenn, Corey (2021) Collaborating Against Speciesism: The Oxford Group and Social Innovation. Review of: Robert Garner and Yewande Okuleye. 2021. The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights: An Intellectual History. London: Oxford University Press. by Garner, Robert and Okuleye, Yewande. oral history journal, . (Submitted) (KAR id:92252)


Most Nonhuman Animal rights historians have heard tell of the mythical Oxford Group, a small group of Oxford philosophy graduate students, their partners, and a smattering of associated scholar-activists responsible for some of the first and most influential advances in modern anti-speciesist thought. Most Nonhuman Animal rights academics and activists, for that matter, are familiar with the work of Oxford star and movement “father” Peter Singer. Yet, despite this notoriousness, few are actually familiar with the inner workings of this group, nor the development of Singer’s work in context. What was it about Oxford that made this magic happen? What was it about the philosophical discipline at that time? What about the group dynamic itself? In The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights, longtime Nonhuman Animal rights theorist Robert Garner and scholar-activist Yewande Okuleye bring substance to the hazy mythology surrounding the mid-20th century incarnation of Western Nonhuman Animal rights. Admirably, they do so before the knowledges and memories are lost to the ages, as the original members are well into their golden years with some having already passed.

Item Type: Review
Uncontrolled keywords: oral history, animal rights, peter singer, oxford group, vegan studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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: 09 Dec 2021 20:35 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2021 08:41 UTC
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