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Meat Your Enemy: Animal Rights, Alignment, and Radical Change

Whelan, G. and Gond, J-P. (2016). Meat Your Enemy: Animal Rights, Alignment, and Radical Change. Journal of Management Inquiry, doi: 10.1177/1056492616671828

Abstract

Radical change can be conceived in terms of the reconceiving of ontological distinctions, such as those separating humans from animals. In building on insights from French pragmatism, we suggest that, while no doubt very difficult, radical change can potentially be achieved by creating “alignment” between multiple “economies of worth” or “common worlds” (e.g., the market world of money, the industrial world of efficiency). Using recent campaigns by animal rights organizations as our case, we show how the design of “tests” (e.g., tests of profitability, tests of efficiency) can help align multiple common worlds in support for radical change. Our analysis contributes to the broader management and organization studies literatures by conceiving radical change in terms of changing ontological categorizations (e.g., human/animals vs. sentient/ non-sentient), and by proposing that radical social change agents can be helpfully conceived as opportunistically using events to cumulatively justify the change they desire overtime.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: Alignment, Animal Rights, Common Worlds, Economies of Worth, Social Change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15554
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