Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Constructing the Biotech Nonhuman Animal: Instrumentalism and Ambivalence

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Society & Animals

This article was designed to give insight into the role of biotechnology in redefining the complex human-animal relations of our times. In particular, it is used to examine accounts of nonhuman animals and animal usage in the context of biotechnology, as covered in the leading scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. Data consist of editorials, commentaries, and research news for four years (N = 104), and has been analyzed using discourse analysis. The journal constructs a consistent, yet one-sided, view on animals as they are represented through physico-material, technical and biomedical discourses, as well as discourses on human benefits and manageable risks. The biotechnological epistemology of the animal is positioned at the far end of the subjectification-instrumentalization continuum in our treatment of other animals. It also clashes with simultaneous discussions on animal mind, subjectivity, and moral status. These developments are likely to further intensify the discrepancies in human-animal relations in science and society.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Social Sciences/Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of JyväskyläFinlandsarijoun@student.jyu.fi

Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15685306-12341349
Loading

Data & Media loading...

1. Bauer M. W. , Gaskell G Biotechnology: The making of a global controversy 2002 Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press
2. Bauman Z. Modernity and ambivalence 1991 Cambridge, United Kingdom Polity Press
3. Beck U. , Bonss W. , Lau C. "The theory of reflexive modernization. Problematic, hypotheses and research programme" Theory, Culture & Society 2003 Vol 20 2 1 33 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276403020002001
4. Beck U. , Giddens A. , Lash S. Reflexive modernization. Politics, tradition and aesthetics in the modern social order 1994 Cambridge, United Kingdom Polity Press
5. Birke L. Feminism, animals and science. The naming of the shrew 1994 Buckingham, United Kingdom Open University Press
6. Birke L. "Who—or what—are the rats (and mice) in the laboratory" Society & Animals 2003 Vol 11 3 207 224 http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156853003322773023
7. Birke L. , Arluke A. , Michael M. The sacrifice. How scientific experiments transform animals and people 2007 West Lafayette, IN Purdue University Press
8. Bowring F. Science, seeds and cyborgs. Biotechnology and the appropriation of life 2003 London, United Kindom Verso
9. Bruce A. "GM animals—Another GM crops?" Genomics, Society and Policy 2007 Vol 3 3 1 14 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1746-5354-3-3-1
10. Crist E. Images of animals. Anthropomorphism and animal mind 1999 Philadelphia, PA Temple University Press
11. de Waal F. B. M. , Tyack P. L. Animal social complexity. Intelligence, culture, and individualized societies 2003 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press
12. Eder K. The new politics of class. Social movements and cultural dynamics in advanced societies 1993 London, United Kingdom Sage
13. Etzkowitz H. , Leydesdorff L. Universities and the global knowledge economy. A triple helix of university–industry–government relations 1997 London, United Kingdom Cassell Academic
14. Fairclough N. Critical discourse analysis. The critical study of language 1995 London, United Kingdom Longman
15. Fairclough N. , Wodak R. van Dijk T. A. "Critical discourse analysis" Introduction to discourse analysis 1997 London, United Kingdom Sage 258 284
16. Franklin A. Animals and modern cultures. A sociology of human-animal relations in modernity 1999 London, United Kingdom Sage
17. Franklin S. "Sheepwatching" Anthropology Today 2001 Vol 17 3 3 9 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.00058
18. Genoway Humanized mouse 2011 Retrieved June 7, 2011, from
19. George A. Holland A. , Johnson A. "Animal biotechnology in medicine" Animal biotechnology and ethics 1998 London, United Kingdom Chapman and Hall 27 49 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5783-8_3
20. Griffin D. Animal minds: Beyond cognition to consciousness 2001 Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press
21. Haraway D. Simians, cyborgs, and women: The reinvention of nature 1991 London, United Kingdom Free Association Books
22. Haraway D. Modest–Witness@Second–Millennium.FemaleMan–Meets–OncoMouse: Feminism and technoscience 1997 New York, NY Routledge
23. Harvey M. "Animal genomics in science, social science and culture" Genomics, Society and Policy 2007 Vol 3 2 1 28
24. Hillcoat-Nallétamby S. , Phillips E "Sociological ambivalence revisited" Sociology 2011 Vol 45 2 202 217 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038510394018
25. Hobson-West P. "Beasts and boundaries. An introduction to animals in sociology, science and society" Qualitative Sociology Review 2007 Vol 3 1 23 41
26. Holland A. , Johnson A. Animal biotechnology and ethics 1998 London, United Kingdom Chapman and Hall
27. Holmberg T. "A feeling for the animal: On becoming an experimentalist" Society & Animals 2008 Vol 16 4 316 335 http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156853008X357658
28. Holmberg T. , Ideland M. "Transgenic silences: The rhetoric of comparisons and transgenic mice as “ordinary treasures”" BioSocieties 2009 Vol 4 2-3 165 181 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1745855209990044
29. Home Office Statistics of scientific procedures on living animals, Great Britain 2010 2011 London, United Kingdom HMSO
30. ISI Web of Knowledge The 2004 journal citation reports 2006 Retrieved February 16, 2006, from .
31. ISI Web of Knowledge The 2010 journal citation reports 2012 Retrieved May 18, 2012, from .
32. Jamieson D. , Bekoff M. Bekoff M. , Jamieson D. "Afterword: Ethics and the study of animal cognition" Readings in animal cognition 1999 Cambridge, MA The MIT Press 359 371
33. Knorr-Cetina K. Epistemic cultures. How the sciences make knowledge 1999 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press
34. LaFollette H. , Shanks N. Brute science. Dilemmas of animal experimentation 1996 London, United Kingdom Routledge
35. Launis V. Geeniteknologia, arvot ja vastuu 2003 Helsinki, Finland Gaudeamus
36. Lynch M. E. "Sacrifice and the transformation of the animal body into a scientific object: Laboratory culture and ritual practice in the neurosciences" Social Studies of Science 1988 Vol 18 2 265 289 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/030631288018002004
37. Macnaghten P. "Animals in their nature: A case study on public attitudes to animals, genetic modification and “nature”" Sociology 2004 Vol 38 3 533 551 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038504043217
38. Michael M. "Technoscientific bespoking: Animals, publics and the new genetics" New Genetics and Society 2001 Vol 20 3 205 224 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636770120092985
39. Midgley M. "Biotechnology and monstrosity: Why we should pay attention to the “yuk factor”" Hastings Center Report 2000 Vol 30 5 7 15 http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3527881
40. Nature Biotechnology. Guide to authors 2006 Retrieved April 15, 2006, from .
41. Nielsen K. M. "Transgenic organisms—Time for conceptual diversification?" Nature Biotechnology 2003 Vol 21 3 227 228 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nbt0303-227
42. Peggs K. "A hostile world for nonhuman animals: Human identification and the oppression of nonhuman animals for human good" Sociology 2009 Vol 43 1 85 102 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038508099099
43. Peggs K. "Risk, human health, and the oppression of nonhuman animals: The development of transgenic nonhuman animals for human use" Humanimalia 2011 Vol 2 2 49 69
44. Plumwood V. Feminism and the mastery of nature 1993 London, United Kingdom Routledge
45. Reiss M. J. , Straughan R. Improving nature? The science and ethics of genetic engineering 1996 Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press
46. Rollin B. E. The Frankenstein syndrome. Ethical and social issues in the genetic engineering of animals 1995 Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139172806
47. Schicktanz S. "Ethical considerations of the human-animal-relationship under conditions of asymmetry and ambivalence" Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 2006 Vol 19 1 7 16 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10806-005-4374-0
48. Seidel G. Holland A. , Johnson A. "Biotechnology in animal agriculture" Animal biotechnology and ethics 1998 London, United Kingdom Chapman and Hall 50 68 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5783-8_4
49. Siipi H. "Artefacts and living artefacts" Environmental Values 2003 Vol 12 4 413 430 http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327103129341388
50. Singer P. Animal liberation: A new ethics for our treatment of animals 1975 New York, NY Random House
51. Thomas K. Man and the natural world: Changing attitudes in England 1500-1800 1983 Oxford, United Kingdom Oxford University Press
52. Twine R. "Animal genomics and ambivalence: A sociology of animal bodies in agricultural biotechnology" Genomics, Society and Policy 2007a Vol 3 2 99 117
53. Twine R. "Thinking across species—a critical bioethics approach to enhancement" Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2007b Vol 28 6 509 523 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11017-007-9057-6
54. Twine R. Animals as biotechnology: Ethics, sustainability and critical animal studies 2010 London, United Kingdom Earthscan
55. Ung S. Tieteen toiset tekijät. Eläin ja ihminen bioteknologia-alan tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä 2007 (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Tampere, Finland.
56. Wetherell M. , Potter J. Mapping the language of racism: Discourse and the legitimation of exploitation 1992 New York, NY Columbia University Press
57. Wilmut I. , Campbell K. , Tudge C. The second creation: Dolly and the age of biological control 2000 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press
http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/15685306-12341349
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15685306-12341349
2014-08-27
2018-09-22

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Society & Animals — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation