Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
This thesis begins with an overview of some published works concerning oppression, its alleviation and the interconnectedness of its various forms, as they relate to the diverse area which is loosely referred to as ‘animal rights’. In general terms, the ultimate goal of choosing to do this thesis in the area of animal rights is to further the defence of nonhuman animals. The purpose of this speciﬁc project is to document, compare, and contrast a range of examples of the process of changing relationships and becoming an advocate for other animals. These examples, the experiences and life stories of ﬁve members of an animal rights group were shared through in-depth, semi-structured, conversational-style interviews. Because animal advocates come from all walks of life, yet are so often stereotyped, this project does not involve a representative sample from which one expects ﬁndings that can be generalized to the larger population (e.g., the ‘typical’ animal advocate). On the contrary, the focus is particular, diverse examples. The project was carried out in collaboration with members of an informal, local-level animal rights group to which I belong. All interview participants were also Research Advisory Committee (RAC) members and were involved in guiding this project from its earliest beginnings of choosing a topic within the area of animal rights. While the experiences and process of change were unique to each individual, similarities were found regarding the direction and on-going nature of change, and its positive, pervasive impact on their lives. Many beneﬁts were derived from the participants’ efforts to recall and reﬂect on their own life stories, suggesting that such a formal undertaking might beneﬁt others as well. I conclude the thesis with a discussion of some relevant works from the literature and an outline of plans for utilization of the ﬁndings.
Raithby, Angela Kathleen, "A qualitative, participatory study of the process of becoming an advocate for nonhuman animals" (1997). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 652.