Framing the Issue: Religion, Secular Ethics and the Case of Animal Rights Mobilization

  title={Framing the Issue: Religion, Secular Ethics and the Case of Animal Rights Mobilization},
  author={Marie Mika},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={915 - 941}
  • Marie Mika
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Sociology
  • Social Forces
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