publication . Article . 2013

George Herbert Mead on Humans and Other Animals: Social Relations After Human-Animal Studies

Rhoda Wilkie; Andrew McKinnon;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
The turn towards nonhuman animals within sociology has shed a critical light on George Herbert Mead, his apparent prioritisation of language and the anthropocentric focus of Symbolic Interactionism (SI). Although Herbert Blumer canonised Mead as the founder of this perspective he also played a key role in excising the evolutionary and 'more-than-human' components in Mead's work. This intervention not only misrepresented Mead's intellectual project, it also made symbols the predominant concern in Blumer's version of SI. Since groundbreaking animal sociologists in America framed much of their thinking in opposition to SI's emphasis on language, because it excluded...
free text keywords: Mead, Symbolic Interactionism, Human-Animal Studies, Animal Turn
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