Hamilton, LA and Mitchell, L (2018) Knocking on the door of Human-Animal Studies: the value of work in interdisciplinary perspective. Society and Animals. ISSN 1568-5306

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Brill at http://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341525 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: work, worth, value, sheep and shepherds, HAS, organisation studies, labor process theory, new materialism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 09:36
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 14:15
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4336

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