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Knocking on the door of Human-Animal Studies: the value of work in interdisciplinary perspective


We argue that human-animal studies (HAS) literature is essential for theorizing work because it fosters a reflexive questioning of humanist power and a more sophisticated understanding of the co-dependency and co-creativity between the species. We highlight that the neglect of nonhuman animals in organization studies stems from a preoccupation with contemporary industrialization, human forms of rationality, and the mechanisms of capital exchange. Drawing upon the example of sheep and shepherding, we illustrate how a flexible approach to studying the value and worth of work is made possible by attending to other-than-human activity and value co-creation. We conclude by suggesting that the concept of work and its value needs a more species-inclusive approach to foster a less reductively anthropocentric canon of interdisciplinary scholarship in the field.

Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2018
Publication Date Oct 5, 2018
Journal Society and Animals
Print ISSN 1063-1119
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 347-366
Keywords work, worth, value, sheep and shepherds, HAS, organisation studies, labor process theory, new materialism
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