Emotions and Ethics through Vegan Movement
What justifies the relevance of this analysis is the perspective of the adoption of veganism as a driving force that leads social actors to question what is “taken for granted” and their emotions towards animals and other humans. Vegans literally embody the resistance to the assertiveness of meatist culture and also lead to a reflection on the consumption of animals: the movement promotes new meanings of food and of the relationship between humans and animals, making humans closer to compassion and empathy. The meaning of vegan movement is associated with the rejection of the speciesist privilege and the construction of new habits, to collaboration and participation, to the shaping of empathy-based social networks.
Vegans are like a deconstructed social movement still maintaining a powerful, unifying ideology which deserves recognition and attention. It does not have any specific opponent but it is based on solidarity and it is able to act with forms of participation and collective action aiming at radical change. With the present research, we will try to give them voice.