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Human/Non-Human Animal Boundary Maintenance through Language
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animals and society
non-human animals
social construction

How to Cite

Markowski, Kelly. 2016. “Human/Non-Human Animal Boundary Maintenance through Language”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, April. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This 30-minute exercise is designed to help students recognize how socially constructed conceptual boundaries between humans and non-human animals are created and maintained through language. As the English language is laden with phrases and expressions that link humans and non-human animals through similes and metaphors (e.g., "strong as an ox," "raining...

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Subject Area(s):
Animals and Society
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Identify examples of and analyze at least one way in which humans perpetuate the human/non-human animal boundary symbolically through language.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Take-home short writing assignment (300-500 words).

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