Mitra, T. (2020). (Re)Birthing Ghosts: An Ethnography Toward Solidarity. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2177
This thesis examines the ghosts of animal welfare work in india, with a focus on gujarat, to call for solidarity between minoritised groups across species. By theorising ghostly absences, I put human and nonhuman oppressions in conversation with each other, revealing the biopolitical control of reproductive processes in humans, dogs, and bovines. I grapple with the implications of animal welfare work within a system that uses nonhuman animals as tools in order to oppress other minoritised communities. With attention to the problems of speciesism, nationalism, and reproduction, I explore the relationship between minoritisations that arise from the narrow category of human, implicitly normalised in india as upper-class hindu, and male. Here, I tread the ambiguous space between binaries in order to affirm new ways of inclusively engaging with welfare work.