Newswise — A new book by a St. Lawrence University sociology professor explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to "the exploitative dynamics of capitalism."
"Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights," by Assistant Professor of Sociology Robert J. Torres, is published by AK Press and is due out in November 2007. A description of the book from the publisher states, "Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation struggles and - once they stop laughing - you'll find yourself casually dismissed. With a focus on labor, property, and the life of commodities, 'Making a Killing' contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power and hierarchy. Combining nuts-and-bolts Marxist political economy and a pluralistic anarchist critique, as well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement, Torres challenges conventional anti-capitalist thinking and convincingly advocates for the abolition of animals in industry - and on the dinner plate."
Torres is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a master's degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is the co-author, with St. Lawrence Director of the Language Resource Center/Instructor of Modern Languages Jenna Torres, of the popular book "Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World" and is co-editor of the forthcoming book "Nanotechnology, Social Change and the Environment."