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A Harvard-educated psychologist and bestselling author identifies the belief system underlying all forms of oppression--which she calls powerarchy--and shows how this new understanding can lead to powerful social and personal transformation.

About the Author

Melanie Joy, PhD, EdM, is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, organizational consultant, and relationship coach. She is the author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows- An Introduction to Carnism. Joy has given talks and trainings on six continents and in over forty countries, and her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including the BBC, NPR, ABC Australia, Spiegel, and the New York Times. She is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award--previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela--for her work on global nonviolence, the Empty Cages Prize for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights, and the Peter Singer Prize for strategies to reduce the suffering of animals. In 2017, she was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Joy is also the founding president of Beyond Carnism and the cofounder of ProVeg International.


"Dr. Melanie Joy is one of the most important theorists of how we rationalize cruelty. Here, she shows the way oppressive ideologies build upon each other by desensitizing us to the worth of other thinking, feeling beings. And more optimistically, she shows how we can rediscover that sensitivity and help others rediscover it as well."
-Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large, Vox, and host of The Ezra Klein Show

has the potential to revolutionize how we think about oppression and to empower our movements for social justice, animal rights, and environmental sustainability."
-Moby, musician, author, and activist

"In Powerarchy, Melanie Joy-known for her theory that helped empower the animal rights movement-brings her analysis to a new level. She provides a powerful, new unifying theory to help mobilize and unite advocates working for justice for animals, humans, and the environment alike."
-Leah Garces, President, Mercy for Animals

"Powerarchy is a thought-provoking book that sheds light on the way we think about oppression and social justice."
-Marianne Williamson, speaker, activist, and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books

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