The Relationships Between Law-Breaking and Law-Abiding Ideological Animal Rights Activists and Their Parents and Spouses

Tali Inbar-Frohlich, Moshe Bensimon, Natti Ronel

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This phenomenological research examined family relationships among ideological nonhuman-animal rights activists, while distinguishing between law-breaking and law-abiding activists. Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 30 activists highlighted two phases within the familial dynamics. During the joining phase, conflicts arose between the participants' identities as activists and their identities as family members, creating a crisis in their relations with their parents and spouses. During the establishing phase, however, different familial dynamics developed among each group. The law-breaking activists were able to balance family life with their activism, ensuring the preservation of the relationship. By contrast, to try and maintain peaceful relations, the law-abiding activists kept their activism from their family, leading to a deterioration in the relationship. The findings are interpreted through literature dealing with the family dynamics of social activists in general, and animal rights activists in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalSociety and Animals
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2024

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© Tali Inbar-Frohlich et al., 2024.


This article is part of the lead author's dissertation to be submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Criminology department of Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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Criminology department of Bar Ilan University


    • Interpretative
    • Phenomenological Analysis
    • animal rights activists
    • family dynamics
    • ideological activism


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