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Taylor, N.,& Signal, T. (2011) (Eds.) Theorizing Animals, Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

Utilising ideas from post-modernism and post-humanism this book challenges current ways of thinking about animals and their relationships with humans. Including contributions from across the social sciences the book encourages readers to reflect upon taken for granted ways of conceptualising human relationships with animals. It will be of interest to those in the broad field of human-animal studies as well as those within most social science and humanities disciplines including sociology, anthropology, philosophy and social theory.

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Taylor, N. (2013)  Humans, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies.  New York: Lantern Books.

While animals have played a central part in human society over the years, when it comes to the social sciences they have largely been neglected. However, interest in Human–Animal Studies (HAS) has grown exponentially in recent years, giving rise to university and college courses around the world specifically on this compelling and vital subject.
Considering topics ranging from the human–animal bond, meat eating, and animals in entertainment, this book presents key concepts in simple and easy-to-understand ways as it covers the breadth of empirical work currently being done in the field. Through an examination of ideas such as anthropocentrism and the social construction of animals, it looks at how animals are symbolically transformed, presented, and re-presented as part of human culture. Ultimately, the book argues that there is nothing “natural” about our social relations with animals, but that animals are made use of and understood through a human lens.
Humans, Animals, and Society spans the diverse interests of the HAS community and is necessary reading for students and the general public looking to better understand our relationship with animals.

Animals at workHamilton, L Taylor, N.  (2013)  Animals At Work: Identity, Politics and Culture in Work with Animals. Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

Animals at Work is founded upon a broad and unique variety of empirical research settings – animal sanctuaries, farms, slaughter-houses, veterinary practices and behind the scenes of a natural history documentary film-making team. Hamilton and Taylor apply a breadth of post-structural and post-humanist theories to establish what happens when animal-agents are brought into human networks and spaces of representation, and the artful ways in which they become integral in shared human meaning-making. Interrogating the apparent boundaries of meaning between animals and humans by taking a close-up view of those working with animals in a variety of occupational settings, the book enjoys a rare and original range of empirical research contexts from British dairy farms to the jungles of Borneo

CASTaylor, N., & Twine, R. (2014). The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: From the Margins to the Centre. London: Routledge.

As the scholarly and interdisciplinary study of human/animal relations becomes crucial to the urgent questions of our time, notably in relation to environmental crisis, this collection explores the inner tensions within the relatively new and broad field of animal studies. This provides a platform for the latest critical thinking on the condition and experience of animals.

Book Chapters

CASFitzgerald, A., & Taylor, N. (2014). The Cultural Hegemony of Meat and the Animal Industrial Complex, in, Taylor, N., & Twine, R., (eds),  The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: From the Margins to the Centre.

312137_coverTaylor, N., & Drew, L. (2014). Engaged Activist Research: Challenging Apolitical Objectivity, in Defining Critical Animal Studies: An Intersectional Approach for Liberation, eds. A. Nocella, J. Sorenson, K. Socha, A. Matsuoka. Peter Lang Publishers.

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Taylor, N., & Signal. T. (2012) Animal cruelty and delinquency and criminality, in, Brewster, M., & Reyes, C. (eds), Animal Cruelty and the Criminal  Justice System, Carolina, US: Carolina Academic Press.

Taylor, N.  (2012) Animals, method, mess: Post-humanism, Sociology and animal studies, in Birke, L., & Hockenhull, J., (Eds.) Crossing Boundaries, Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

TA bookTaylor, N.  (2011) Can Sociology contribute to the emancipation of animals? In Taylor, N.,& Signal, T. (Eds.) Theorizing Animals, Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

Taylor, N.  (2011) Thinking about animals, in Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (Eds.) Theorizing Animals, Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

Taylor, N.  (2011) Anthropomorphism and the animal subject, in Boddice, R., (ed.) Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals Environments, Brill Academic Publishers.

Taylor, N. & Signal, T.  (2009) An overview of the research in Linzey, A (Ed). The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, Sussex Academic Press.

Journal Articles

Taylor, N., Fraser, H., Signal, T., & Prentice, K. (2014) Social work, animal assisted therapies and ethical considerations: A programme example from Central Queensland, Australia. British Journal of Social Work, online first.

Daly, B., Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2014) Pups & babes: Quantifying sources of difference in emotional and behavioral reactions to accounts of human and animal abuse, Anthrozoos (online first).

Kavanagh, P., Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2013). The Dark Triad and animal cruelty: Dark personalities, dark attitudes, and dark behaviors. Personality & Individual Differences, 55(6), 666-670.

Signal, T., Taylor, N., Botros, H., Prentice, K., & Lazarus, K. (2013). Whispering to horses:  Childhood sexual abuse, depression and the efficacy of Equine Facilitated Therapy. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 5(1), 24-32

Richards, E., Signal, T.D., & Taylor, N. (2013).  A different cut? Occupation, attitude to animals and propensity for aggression.  Society & Animals, 21(4), 395-413.

Signal, T., Ghea, V., Taylor, N., & Acutt, D. (2013). When do psychologists pay attention to children harming animals? Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1(2), 82-97

Kemp, K., Signal, T., Botros, H., Taylor, N., & Prentice, K. (2013). Equine facilitated therapy with children who have been sexually abused: A program evaluation study.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, online first.

Prentice, K., Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2012). What’s the buzz? Bumblebees – A therapeutic preschool for abused children.  Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), 23-33.

Rice, S., Washington, P., Signal, T., & Taylor, N.  (2012).  An analysis of domestic violence presenting to FRCs at intake and assessment.  Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 23, 89-98.

Hamilton, L., & Taylor, N.  (2012) Ethnography in evolution: Adapting to the animal ‘Other’ in Organizations.  Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 1(1): 43-51.

Taylor, N.  (2011).  Animal abuse and Criminology: the contribution and the challenge.  Critical Criminology, 19(3): 251-63.

Hazel, S., Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2011) An investigation of veterinary student empathy towards animalsJournal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(1): 74-83.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2010) Lock ‘em up and throw away the key? Community opinion regarding animal abuse penalties, Australian Animal Law Protection Journal, 2.

Taylor, N.  (2010).  Animal shelter emotion management: A case of in situ hegemonic resistance?  Sociology, 44(1), 85-102.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2009)  Attitudes toward, and willingness to pay for, animal welfare improvements,  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science,12(4), 345-359.

Arbour, R., Signal, T., & Taylor, N (2009) Teaching kindness: The promise of humane educationSociety & Animals, 17(2), 136-148.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2009) Pet, Pest, Profit: Isolating differences in attitudes to animalsAnthrozoos, 22 (2), 129-135.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2008) Throwing the baby out with the bathwater: Towards a Sociology of the human-animal abuse ‘Link’?  Sociological Research Online, 13 (1),  .

Signal, T., & Taylor, N.  (2008) Community demographics and the propensity to report family violence, Behavior and Social Issues, 17 (1), 8-19.  

Signal, T., & Taylor, N.  (2007) Attitude to animals and empathy: Comparing animal protection and general community samplesAnthrozoos, 20 (2), 125-130.

Taylor, N.  (2007) Never an it: intersubjectivity and the creation of personhood in an animal shelter, Qualitative Sociology Review 3 (1).

Taylor, N.  (2007) Human-animal studies: A challenge to social boundaries? Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, 24(1), 1-5.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T.  (2006) Community demographics and the propensity to report animal cruelty, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 9 (3), 14-20.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T.  (2006) Attitudes to animals: Demographics within a community sampleSociety & Animals, 14(2), 147-157.

Taylor, N., Signal, T., & Stark, T. (2006) Domestic violence, child abuse and companion animal harm: Service provider perspectives, Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, 13 (1), 2-5.

Signal, T., & Taylor, N.  (2006) Attitudes to animals within the animal protection community compared to a normative community sampleSociety & Animals, 14(3), 265-274.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2005) Empathy & attitudes towards animals, Anthrozoos, 18 (1), 18-27.

Taylor, N.  (2005) Luddites or Limits?  Animal rights activists’ attitudes towards scienceJournal for Critical Animal Studies, 3(1).

Taylor, N.  (2004) ‘In it for the animals:’ Moral certainty & animal welfare, Society & Animals, 12 (4), 317-339.

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2004) Attitudes to animals: An indicator of interpersonal violence?  Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, Inc., 11 (3), 9-12.

Taylor, N.  (1999) Whither rights? Animal rights and the emergence of ‘New Welfarism,’  Animal Issues, 3 (1), 27-43.

 Other Publications


Taylor, N.  (2012).   Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Climate ChangeThe World Preservation Foundation.

 Newsletter Articles

Taylor, N., & Signal, T.  (2005). Harm to women, children & animals: Institutionalized cruelty?  Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research Newsletter, 3(3), 10.

Taylor, N.  (2004). Making links: Domestic violence, child abuse and harm to companion animals.  Animals Today, 12(1), 16-18.

Taylor, N.  (2004). Child abuse, domestic violence and animal abuse:  Child Abuse Prevention Newsletter, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 12(1), 16-18.

Taylor, N.  (2003).  Making links: Domestic violence, child abuse and harm to companion animals.  Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research Newsletter, 2 (2), 8.

Taylor, N.  (2000).  ‘In it for the animals:’ Moral certainty, animal welfare and disagreements.’ International Society for Anthrozoology Newsletter, 21, 17-21.

Book Reviews

2013, Review of Flynn, C. Understanding animal abuse: A Sociological analysis, Anthrozoos, forthcoming.

2012,  Review of Pachirat, T., Every twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, Anthrozoos, 25(3), 388-90.

2010,  Review of Fly/Cow, Reaktion Book series, Anthrozoos, 23(1): 97-98.

2008,  Review of Munro, L.,  Confronting cruelty, Brill Academic Press, 1999, Journal of Critical Animal Studies.

2000,   Review of Sanders, C., Understanding Dogs, Temple University Press, 1999, Anthrozoos, 13 (1) 2000: 55-56.

2000, Review of Sanders, C., Understanding Dogs, Temple University Press, 1999, International Society for Anthrozoology newsletter, 21.

1999, Review of Arluke, A., & Sanders, C.  Regarding Animals, Temple University Press,  1996, International Society for Anthrozoology newsletter,17, 19-21.