What kinds of moral challenges arise from encounters between species in laboratory science? Animal Ethos draws on ethnographic engagement with academic labs in which experimental research involving nonhuman species provokes difficult questions involving life and death, scientific progress, and other competing quandaries. Whereas much has been written on core bioethical values that inform regulated behavior in labs, Lesley A. Sharp reveals the importance of attending to lab personnel's quotidian and unscripted responses to animals. Animal Ethos exposes the rich-yet poorly understood-moral dimensions of daily lab life, where serendipitous, creative, and unorthodox responses are evidence of concerted efforts by researchers, animal technicians, veterinarians, and animal activists to transform animal laboratories into moral scientific worlds.
Lesley A. Sharp
University of California Press
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06 November 2018
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Moral Entanglements in Experimental Animal Science Accessing Animal Science Everyday Morality in Laboratory Practice The Boundaries of Interspecies Encounters The Parameters of Ethnographic Engagement part i: intimacy 1. The Sentimental Structure of Laboratory Life Animal Welfare and Species Preference Modeling Human-Animal Intimacy The Intimacy of Laboratory Encounters Affective Politics Conclusion: Sentimental Values 2. Why Do Monkeys Watch TV? A Monkey's History of Visual Media Primetime for Primates Macaque Care in Practice: Welfare as Domestication Coda part ii: sacrifice: an interlude 3. The Lives and Deaths of Laboratory Animals Animal Erasures Beyond the Trope of Sacrifice Managed Suffering and Humane Care Reimagining Moral Frameworks of Care Conclusion: The Limitations of Humane Death part iii: exceptionalism 4. Science and Salvation The Politics of Animal Suffering Specialized Practices of Animal Welfare Eclectic Forms of Animal Exceptionalism Conclusion: Totemic Creatures 5. The Animal Commons The Ethos of Sharing Uncommon Creatures The Animal Commons Conclusion: Other Animals' Fates Conclusion: The Other Animal Notes References Index
Lesley A. Sharp is the Barbara Chamberlain & Helen Chamberlain Josefsberg '30 Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Senior Research Scientist in Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and Fellow at the Center for Animals and Public Policy of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine of Tufts University. She is the author of several books, including theThe Transplant Imaginary: Mechanical Hearts, Animal Parts, and Moral Thinking in Highly Experimental Science; and Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self, which won the Society for Medical Anthropology's New Millennium Book Award.
Reviews for Animal Ethos: The Morality of Human-Animal Encounters in Experimental Lab Science
This book is crucial for anyone seeking to understand how researchers and lab technicians think about what they are doing when they work with animals fated to die at the end of their usefulness in producing data. * Medical Anthropology Quarterly * This book will be of clear substantive interest to social science and humanities scholars of experimental science and laboratory animals, while also being of general interest to anthropologists as well as medical sociologists of emotions, invisible work as well as death and dying. * Anthropology Book Forum *