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noun - plural: abolitionisms

  1. the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery


  1. Abolitionism is the advocacy of animal rights that oppose all animal usage by humans and maintains that all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans, share a basic right: the right not to be treated as the property of others. The word alludes to the historical term abolitionism—a social movement to end slavery or human ownership of other humans—but is modified in this context to promote ending the human ownership of all animals. Animal rights theory is the idea that focusing on animal welfare reform not only fails to challenge animal suffering, but may prolong it by making the exercise of property rights over animals appear acceptable. The abolitionists' objective is to secure a moral and legal paradigm shift, whereby animals are no longer regarded as things to be owned and used. The American philosopher Tom Regan writes that abolitionists want empty cages, not bigger ones. This is contrasted with animal protectionism, the position that change can be achieved by incremental improvements in animal welfare.
  2. Abolitionism is a bioethical school and movement that promotes the use of biotechnology to maximise well-being and eliminate suffering. The term “abolition” is used for the name of the movement, in the context of “the abolition of suffering". One of the things Abolitionists propose is paradise engineering.
  3. Abolitionism a.k.a. Copyright abolition: The term "copyright abolition movements" refers to movements to abolish copyright, specifically those that espouse the repeal of the Statute of Anne and all subsequent law made in its support.

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Google previewConcepts in Composition (2003)

Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing by Irene L. Clark

The New Abolitionism is a product of a newly scholarly and professionalized discipline of composition studies, one with many national journals and a ...

Google previewReconceiving Writing, Rethinking Writing Instruction (2013)

by Joseph Petraglia

The New Abolitionism is a product of a newly scholarly and professionalized discipline of composition studies, one with many...

Google previewComposition in the Twenty-First Century (1997)

Crisis and Change by Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, Edward M. White

The New Abolitionism is a product of a newly scholarly and professionalized discipline of composition studies, one with...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002)

by David Levinson

Abolitionism is an international movement, with its main advocates coming from such...

In the United States, the most profound statement of support for abolitionism is the document Instead of Prisons: A Handbook for Abolitionists ( Knopp et al.

Google previewVegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism (2015)

by James Stewart

Ha-lal abolitionism is a distinctly antiMuslim species of the cow protection movement. In practice, however, this distinction is not well drawn and many Sinhala Buddhist cow protectionists are also ha-lal abolitionists. The meaning of ha-lal is ...

Google previewProslavery (1990)

A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 by Larry E. Tise

Hand in glove with the assumption that nullifiers framed the initial response of the South to abolitionism is the notion that the debate over slavery was a sectional cleavage with the strongest defenses of slavery and the most inimical critiques of ...

Google previewStudy Resource for White's Crime, Criminality and Criminal Justice (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Abolitionism: Abolitionism is a movement to end ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States (1998)

by Linda Eisenmann

abolitionism. Abolitionism is the fervent pre-Civil War reform movement that opposed both slavery* and gradual abolition and called for immediate emancipation of slaves. Rooted in the evangelical enthusiasm of the Second Great Awakening.

Google previewEngland, the United States, and the Southern Confederacy (1864)

by Fitzwilliam Sargent

We consider Abolitionism is an obstacle to the plans of God. It does not bear the mark of the Lord's blessing. It is a fanaticism which produces no good fruit." It is strange that Christians, seeing how utterly neglected the religious instruction of the ...

Google previewHoly Warriors (1996)

The Abolitionists and American Slavery by James Brewer Stewart, Eric Foner

PREFACE: SLAVERY IN REPUBLICAN AMERICA One good introduction to abolitionism is an analysis ol the way historians have interpreted the movement. Since abolitionism has always been associated with controversial issues, it is not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Criminological Theory (2010)

by Francis T. Cullen, Pamela Wilcox

Abolitionism, according to Stanley Cohen, is a critical thinking movement about criminology, crime, punishment, and criminal law that has been developing in Western Europe since the early 1970s. John Muncie characterizes abolitionism as a ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Criminology (2012)

by Eugene McLaughlin, John Muncie

Thus, abolitionism also implies the abolition of the 'masculine', individualistic, neo -liberal values upon which our penal systems are built (van Swaaningen, 1989). René van Swaaningen Associated Concepts: abolitionism, community justice, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

Abolitionism, the attempt on the part of both African American and European American activists to eradicate the institution of slavery and all of its vestiges, was one of the most successful biracial reform movements in the history of the United ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

Self ABOLITIONISM. Abolitionism is a term ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History (2016)

From the mid-19th century to the present day by A. Iriye, P. Saunier

Related essays abolitionism; Antarctic Treaty; Cold War; Commission on International Labour Legislation; human rights; ...

Google previewAmerican Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu

Abolitionism. Abolitionism was the doctrine and movement that called for the emancipation of all slaves and the end of the institution of slavery. The term has referred to somewhat different views and activities in different historical contexts.

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. Political History (2010)

by Andrew Robertson, Michael A. Morrison, William G. Shade, Robert Johnston, Robert Zieger, Thomas Langston, Richard Valelly

As it evolved over time, abolitionism became more inclusive as it encompassed free blacks, women, and international collaboration ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of the Civil War (2011)

by William L. Barney

Abolitionism emerged in the 1830s as a radically new phase in the antislavery movement. Rejecting gradualism and the colonization of freed slaves abroad, the abolitionists demanded immediate emancipation without payment to slaveowners ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities (2004)

by Mary Bosworth

ABOLITIONISM. Abolitionists work to liberate societies from a static repressive penal system that reflects and sustains prevailing unjust power relations. They seek to imagine what else can be both within and beyond the realm of criminal ...

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. (Two volume set) (2009)

by Michael Kazin, Rebecca Edwards, Adam Rothman

abolitionism A major reform movement during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, abolitionism sought to end slavery and free millions of black people held as slaves. Also known as the antislavery movement, abolitionism in the United ...

Google previewDictionary of Prisons and Punishment (2013)

by Yvonne Jewkes, Jamie Bennett

ABOLITIONISM A term used to describe a number of posi- tions and movements that seek to challenge the existence of prison as the answer to problems of crime. Abolitionists argue that prison has failed, is beyond reform and needs to be ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (2013)

2-volume set by Robert Wuthnow

Abolitionism is the political and religious conviction that the practice of human bondage is morally wrong. It is impossible to study the political and social history of the Americas without studying the history of slavery. The modern development of ...

Google previewWomen's Studies Encyclopedia (1999)

by Helen Tierney

Moderate, male, mainstream abolitionism underwent a period of reorganization and retrenchment, seeking to work within political and religious institutions rather than trying to reform them. By the mid-1 840s, the quest for a political solution to ...

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