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  1. Colter Ellis & Leslie Irvine (2010). Reproducing Dominion: Emotional Apprenticeship in the 4-H Youth Livestock Program. Society and Animals 18 (1):21-39.
    This paper examines young people’s socialization into the doctrine known as “dominionism,” which justifies the use of animals in the service of human beings. Using qualitative research, it focuses on the 4-H youth livestock program, in which boys and girls raise cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep for slaughter. The analysis portrays 4-H as an apprenticeship in which children learn to do cognitive emotion work, use distancing mechanisms, and create a “redemption” narrative to cope with contradictory ethical and emotional experiences. Although (...)
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  2. Leslie Irvine (2009). Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters. Temple University Press.
    Companion animals -- Animals on factory farms -- Birds and marine wildlife -- Animals in research facilities -- Conclusion: Noah's task.
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  3. Leslie Irvine (2002). Animal Problems/People Skills: Emotional and Interactional Strategies in Humane Education. Society and Animals 10 (1):63-91.
    Recent changes in the organizational culture of nonhuman animal sheltering, coupled with attitudes that are more progressive toward companion animals, have made shelters into resources rather than last resorts. Consequently, shelter workers need the "people skills" to communicate to a public that urgently needs accurate information about animal behavior and training. This poses a difficulty for workers drawn to working with animals but who find themselves working with people. Based on participant observation and informed by social psychology and the sociology (...)
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