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Dangerous Dogs And The Construction Of Risk

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Ritual and tradition become stronger and more authentic the more they are reproduced; in this chapter the author argues that in our relationship with animals, these are the key to how we understand ourselves and how we make sense of non-human animals. Although on the surface our society appears highly rationalized and mechanized, and appears to have become drained of all its magic, theorists like Edward Shils show us that ritual and tradition have played and will continue to play an important role in the development of critical reason. The chapter explores a different side of the rationalization story, using especially Edward Shils's reading of Max Weber. In this reading, modernity was never really completely drained of tradition and ritual, and critical reason never really was alone on the battlefield, with tradition dead at its feet.

Keywords:modernity; non-human animals; rationalization; ritual



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