Antagonistic abstractions : an ethic in and of place
Thomas, Maisie Emerson
May 12, 2020
This thesis is comprised of two chapters. While each addresses a different ethical issue, the two are connected by the theme of Alaska. In the first chapter, "On Thin Ice: Moral Obligations to a Vulnerable Culture,” I explore ethical obligations toward vulnerable Indigenous climigrants. I argue that their fundamental cultural connection to the land, combined with a history of colonial oppression, bestows us with additional obligations toward this population. My second chapter, "Dog Mushing Dynamics: The Ethics and Offerings of a Place Based Practice,” centers around animal rights organizations’ critique dog mushing. I ultimately argue that dog mushing is not only ethical but, because it comes from the Indigenous framework, offers a way of rethinking our relationships with animals for the better.
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