What It Means To Be Human (2020)

What It Means To Be Human In a woman known only as An Earnest Englishwoman published a letter titled Are Women Animals in which she protested against the fact that women were not treated as fully human In fact their sta
  • Title: What It Means To Be Human
  • Author: Joanna Bourke
  • ISBN: 9781844086443
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What It Means To Be Human
    In 1872, a woman known only as An Earnest Englishwoman published a letter titled Are Women Animals in which she protested against the fact that women were not treated as fully human In fact, their status was worse than that of animals regulations prohibiting cruelty against dogs, horses, and cattle were significantly punitive than laws against cruelty to women.In 1872, a woman known only as An Earnest Englishwoman published a letter titled Are Women Animals in which she protested against the fact that women were not treated as fully human In fact, their status was worse than that of animals regulations prohibiting cruelty against dogs, horses, and cattle were significantly punitive than laws against cruelty to women The Earnest Englishwoman s heartfelt cry was for women to become animal in order to gain the status that they were denied on the grounds that they were not part of mankind.In this fascinating account, Joanna Bourke addresses the profound question of what it means to be human rather than animal How are people excluded from political personhood How does one become entitled to rights The distinction between the two concepts is a blurred line, permanently under construction If the Earnest Englishwoman had been capable of looking 100 years into the future, she might have wondered about the human status of chimeras, or the ethics of stem cell research Political disclosures and scientific advances have been re locating the human animal border at an alarming speed In this meticulously researched, illuminating book, Bourke explores the legacy of than two centuries, and looks forward into what the future might hold for humans, women, and animals.
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    1. I read this for personal edification, though I can see this being useful in my academic work on disability and critiques of normalcy What Bourke excels at in archival research and breadth of perspective, she lacks in strong analytical explanation, coherence, and relevance Sometimes the examples seemed so extreme and obscure that they were included for charm than as actual representative examples of social discourses on constructing the human I also found her tone a bit annoyingly glib and judgm [...]

    2. If human rights are at the center of the political discourse, then we need to define, what beings they apply to, which is to say, what is a human being It is indisputable that a wealthy educated Christian male of European descent is a human being, although during the French and the Russian Revolution such people were sometimes made second class human beings, supposedly in punishment for having supported a social order that dehumanized the rest of humanity To a much lesser degree this is also tru [...]

    3. Ultimately, the profound and thought provoking aspects of this book are too few are far between Having said that, it offers a good basis for anyone interested in the history of human rights and how the concept of being human is fluid and is best defined as so.

    4. A daring book, ample in its scope, surveying the evolving meaning of human and, by extension, animal over the last few centuries Rich in historical detail, anecdotes and illustrations, the book is usefully structured around several key themes speaking Is language our defining ability feeling Is the capacity to feel particularly, to suffer that we should focus on instead Slave liberation and female emancipation make interesting case studies, as one strategy in this campaign was to animalize slave [...]

    5. I m giving this book four stars mainly because of the questions it asks but not because of how it s written Bourke repeats herself quite a bit and insists on an overlay of Derrida I think her book could done without Still, What It Means To Be Human is an excellent example of the sorcerer s apprentice type dilemma facing anyone who wants to demarcate the boundaries of human , namely that every one of them is subject to definition Bourke is very good at showing how this boundaries have shifted ove [...]

    6. Brain Pickings Review bitly uJypboQuoted from the book The humanist insistence on an autonomous, willful human subject capable of acting independently in the world was based on a very particular type of human Human civilization had been forged in the image of the male, white, well off, educated human Humanism installed only some humans at the centre of the universe It disparaged the woman, the subaltern and the non European even than the animal As a result, it is hardly surprising that many of [...]

    7. Interesting book that introduces the key issues surrounding the identity of being human It especially illuminates how the varying definitions of human are often tied to complex power relations between men and women, human and animal, the civilised man and the savage etc My gripe is that at times the book goes down a seeming ramble as it tries to bring in as many historical anthropological perspectives as possible, which though interesting, at times detracts from the focus Would have preferred it [...]

    8. This is indeed a fascinating, thought provoking book that requires determination for one to come to grips with it and importantly, to pursue the answers to many of the questions Bourke raised It has many useful materials but lacks a coherent structure to put them all together I gave it three stars because I subjectively am not fond of the sprawling nature of the discussions, and further, I would reserve judgment on some of the matters that Bourke passed judgment on For example, Men and women wh [...]

    9. I m embarrassed to say that I gave up on this title It was just too depressing to read of women in the 1800 s striving to attain the same rights that were allowed animals This is especially true in the current political clime It seems as though some of our legislators are championing a real regression of women s rights.

    10. Absolutely riveting, and utterly horrifying Bourke effortlessly blends philosophical, economic and social theory with real life examples that will often turn your stomach It doesn t make for an uplifting read, but it s certainly an enlightening one.

    11. brainpickings index brought this work to my attention and on its merits the book was added to my kindle.

    12. O mais interessante n o explicar o qu o nonsense a divis o homem animal, mas mostrar como at a humanidade conferida apenas a uma parcela de seres.

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