This wide-ranging volume explores the tension between the dietary practice of veganism and the manifestation, construction, and representation of a vegan identity in today’s society.

Emerging in the early 21st century, vegan studies is distinct from more familiar conceptions of "animal studies," an umbrella term for a three-pronged field that gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of critical animal studies, human animal studies, and posthumanism. While veganism is a consideration of these modes of inquiry, it is a decidedly different entity, an ethical delineator that for many scholars marks a complicated boundary between theoretical pursuit and lived experience. The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies is the must-have reference for the important topics, problems, and key debates in the subject area and is the first of its kind. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into five parts:

  • History of vegan studies
  • Vegan studies in the disciplines
  • Theoretical intersections
  • Contemporary media entanglements
  • Veganism around the world

These sections contextualize veganism beyond its status as a dietary choice, situating veganism within broader social, ethical, legal, theoretical, and artistic discourses. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers of vegan studies, animal studies, and environmental ethics.

PART 1 History and foundational texts

1 Framing vegan studies: vegetarianism, veganism, animal studies, ecofeminism

Laura Wright

2 Pythagoras, Plutarch, Porphyry, and the ancient defense of the vegetarian choice

Joanna Komorowska

3 Vegetarian and vegan histories

Tom Hertweck

4 The analytic philosophers: Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights

Josh Milburn

5 The "posthumanists": Cary Wolfe and Donna Haraway

Eva Giraud

PART 2 Vegan studies in the disciplines: humanities

6 Vegan literature for children: epistemic resistance, agency, and the Anthropocene

Marzena Kubisz

7 Veganism, ecoethics, and climate change in Margaret Atwood’s "MaddAddam" trilogy

Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

8 Vegan Cervantes: meat consumption and social degradation in Dialogue of the Dogs

José Manuel Marrero Henríquez

9 A quiet riot: veganism as anti-capitalism and ecofeminist revolt in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

Liz Mayo

10 Causal impotence and veganism: recent developments and possible ways forward

David Killoren

11 By any means of persuasion necessary: the rhetoric of veganism

Christopher Garland

1 2 Veganism and the U.S. legal system

Tim Phillips

13 Vegan studies in sociology

Elizabeth Cherry

14 Psychology and vegan studies

Adam Feltz and Silke Feltz

15 Vegan studies and food studies

Jessica Holmes

PART 3 Vegan studies in the disciplines: religion

16 Veganism and Christianity

Allison Covey

17 Yes, but is it Kosher? Varying religio-cultural perspectives on Judaism and veganism

Barry L. Stiefel

18 Veganism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India: a geo-cultural inquiry

Saurav Kumar

19 The interface between "identity" and "aspiration": reading the Buddhist teachings through a vegan lens

Joyjit Ghosh and Krishanu Maiti

20 Veganism and Islam

Magfirah Dahlan

PART 4 Theoretical engagements

21 A vegan ecofeminist queer ecological view of ecocriticism: a Costa Rican natureculture walk in literary/environmental studyland

Adriana Jiménez Rodríguez

22 Veganism in Critical Animal Studies: humanist and post-humanist perspectives

Jonathan Sparks-Franklin

23 Vegan studies and queer theory

Emelia Quinn

24 "You would betray your own mother for meat": a postcolonial vegan reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

Sarah Rhu and Laura Wright

25 Radical recipe: veganism as anti-racism

Marilisa C. Navarro

26 Vegan studies and gender studies

Alex Lockwood

PART 5 Veganism in the media

27 Screening veganism: the production, rhetoric, and reception of vegan advocacy films

Alexa Weik von Mossner

28 (Mis)representing veganism in film and television

Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart

29 Merchandizing veganism

Simon C. Estok

30 "Friends don’t let friends eat tofu": a rhetorical analysis of fast food corporation "anti-vegan-options," advertisements

Erin Trauth

31 The vegan myth: the rhetoric of online anti-veganism

Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero and Margarita Carretero-González

PART 6 Vegan geographies

32 Vegan food tourism: experiences and implications

Francesc Fusté-Forné

33 Toward a new humanity: animal cruelty in China in light of COVID-19

Ruth Y.Y. Hung

34 Vegan geographies in Ireland

Corey Wrenn