Animal Studies Journal


The Intersectionality of Critical Animal, Disability, and Environmental Studies: Toward Eco-ability, Justice, and Liberation (hereafter, Intersectionality), edited by critical scholars Anthony Nocella II, Amber E. George, and J.L. Schatz, is the follow-up collection to an earlier anthology edited by Nocella II, Judy Bentley and Janet Duncan. Published in 2012, Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement was visionary in illuminating entanglements of the struggles that people with disabilities share with environmental and nonhuman animal oppression (similar to the realization of the shared oppression of women, animals and the environment that sparked ecofeminism). This connection is termed ‘eco-ability.’ Major themes from Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation were that those not considered normal – either physically, mentally, or emotionally – are not disabled but merely differently-abled, and that the underlying presumption of normalcy is itself a flawed social construction, not a well-defined criterion for judging one’s suitability for inclusion into moral and social consideration.