Kimberly K. Smith

in Governing Animals

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895755
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950522 | DOI:

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This chapter considers how animals may be represented in the political and legal arenas. The chief theoretical question addressed, first posed by Hannah Pitkin, is whether it is possible to represent beings that lack political agency. This chapter draws on the work of Michael Saward, arguing that political agency is not a precondition of representation; rather, representation of animals can create a limited form of political agency. In fact, representatives can perform a creative function that helps to constitute the political community as including animals. The chapter further examines issues of institutional design and political and legal practice, drawing on several practical examples of animal representation. It also explores the differences between political and legal arenas and offers some workable models of both kinds of representation.

Keywords: political representation; legal representation; political agency; Michael Saward; Hannah Pitkin

Chapter.  12137 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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