ISSN: 20441983
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 3
Cover Date: September 2016
This is [not] the A.L.F.?: Anarchism, punk rock and animal advocacy
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Authors:  Francis Stewart 
DOI: 10.1386/punk.5.3.227_1

anarchism,animal advocacy,punk rock,Implicit Religion,intersectionality,quasi-religion

Veganism and punk rock have gone hand in hand since the 1980s, and it is a relationship that is arguably best understood in conjunction with versions of anarchist politics of intersectionality. While rejecting the argument for animal ‘rights’ as a form of quasi-religion (contra Lowe in Implicit Religion, 4.1: 41−60) this article will seek to demonstrate through interviews that the analytical framework of Implicit Religion can be applied to animal advocacy within various iterations of punk to better understand the motivations of activists. It will demonstrate that considering animal ‘rights’ as a quasi-religion diminishes both religion as a concept and the place of activism in the lives of those interviewed. Furthermore it will explore the possibility that such behaviours and attitudes demonstrate the potentiality within anarchism and punk to look inward for experiential insights and connections. As ‘rights’ is a contentious term for many anarchists, because of the issue of enforceability this article shall be using the phrase animal advocacy.
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