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Craig Schaar, ASA Membership Manager, recommends the Political Sociology and Law sections.
LOREDANA LOY BECOMES NEWSLETTER EDITOR
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AMY FITZGERALD WINS AWARD
Volume 1 of the Human-Animal Studies e-Newsletter published in January informed members of the Animals and Society Institute that Amy Fitzgerald was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award for full time faculty at the University of Windsor for her accomplishments in teaching and research. This is pleasing news, so it is repeated here.
RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER:
"Gender Work in a Feminized Profession: The Case of Veterinary Medicine"
Leslie Irvine and Jenny R. Vermilya
Gender & Society, Volume 24, No. 1
Veterinary medicine has undergone dramatic, rapid feminization while in many ways remaining gendered masculine. With women constituting approximately half of its practitioners and nearly 80 percent of students, veterinary medicine is the most feminized of the
comparable health professions. Nevertheless, the culture of veterinary medicine glorifies stereotypically masculine actions and attitudes. This article examines how women veterinarians understand the gender dynamics within the profession. The authors' analysis
reveals that the discursive strategies available to women sustain and justify the status quo, and thus preserve hegemonic masculinity. Women use strategies previously used toward female tokens in non-traditional jobs, such as role encapsulation, and strategies
previously used by male tokens in traditionally female jobs, such as distancing from the feminine. Through this discursive "gender work," women help to maintain the institutionalized inequality and the masculine ethic of the profession. Veterinary medicine
illustrates the importance of considering organizational context in studies of feminization.
NEW ARTICLE BY A SECTION MEMBER:
Colin Jerolmack, "Humans, animals and play: Theorizing interaction when intersubjectivity is problematic", Sociological Theory (v.27, no.4, 2009).
NEW BOOK in SPANISH on HUMAN ANIMAL RELATIONS
Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto, De humanos y otros animales, (Editorial Dríada, México). See the following website for further information: http://www.animanaturalis.org/n/10412/nuevo_libro_de_humanos_y_otros_animales
James William (Bill) Gibson's new book on the cultural reenchantment of nature,
REENCHANTED WORLD; THE QUEST FOR A NEW KINSHIP WITH NATURE, was recently
published by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt. Much of his work discusses
important cultural changes concerning wild animals: symbolic, totemic kinship
ties between people and animals are becoming increasing common in film,
television, nature writing, disciplines such as conservation biology, and even
in newspaper obituaries. Gibson also explores the ways in which animals are now
framed as consecrating landscapes(such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge),
the internal problems of reenchantment, and the religious and political attacks
waged against it during the Bush era. For reviews and an excerpt see www.jameswilliamgibson.com
NEW TEACHING GUIDE
The journal, Sociology Compass has published a "Teaching and Learning Guide for Animals and Sociology" written by Leslie Irvine. The URL of this article is: "www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/sociology/article_view?article_id=soco_tr_bpl204".
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