Summary

In this chapter, we argue that existing approaches to dignity have been human-centric as a consequence of classical taxonomies of the animal and contemporary views of dignity as a universal property of human species membership. We contend that these views are outdated and result in the role of nonhuman animals in organization being analytically overlooked. We propose a radical re-specification of dignity, drawing on concepts from posthumanism and actor-network theory, which defines dignity as an outcome of network relations. We therefore propose that dignity is a concept as meaningfully applied to nonhuman animals as human animals, while simultaneously acknowledging that their position in networks is more likely to be disempowered.

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