Food animals: representations, practices and attitudes

The consumption of animal based products is an active hegemony, which makes its reproducibility predictable, and often normative. However, the exploitation / consumption of ‘food animals’ presents worrying impacts (increasingly documented by NGOs): human health, animals, environment, and a harmful management of natural resources.

It is argued that cultural representations play a central role in aggravating these problems, by encouraging / maintaining certain social perceptions about animals, through two structuring orders: one that acts through the omission of the exploratory practices to which they are subject; and other that acts through mythification (ie, concerning their characteristics, how they live, etc.).

This research intends to constitute as case studies paradigmatic representations about animals, animal based products, and to understand their (potential) social repercussions.

In addition, through the consultation of reports of the Portuguese livestock industry, as well as the inquiry of individuals from exploratory contexts, it is intended to understand human practices and attitudes towards non-human animals.


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CIES-Iscte - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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