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Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues)by Donald D Stull
Synopses & Reviews
SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES: THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA draws on more than 15 years of research by the authors, a cultural anthropologist and a social geographer, to present a detailed look at the meat and poultry industry in the United States and Canada. Following chapters on today's beef, poultry, and pork industries, SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES examines industry impacts on workers and on the communities that host its plants. The book details the authors' efforts to help communities plan for and mitigate the negative consequences of meat and poultry plants as well as community opposition to confined animal feeding operations. The book concludes by exploring alternatives to North America's model of industrialized meat production.
Book News Annotation:
Highlighting the high social costs of low-priced meat in America, Stull cites the quiet decline of North American meatpacking companies since the 1970s into an industry of broken unions, reduced benefits, centralization, emerging pathogens such as E. coli, and underpaid immigrant laborers. Stull (anthropology, U. of Kansas) and Broadway (geography, Northern Michigan U.) base their study on 15 years of research in the field visiting ranches, farms, feedlots, poultry houses, slaughterhouses, and the homes of injured workers. The readable narrative style will appeal to social scientists, and students and general readers interested in social science. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-169) and index.
About the Author
Donald D. Stull is professor and past chair of anthropology at the University of Kansas. For almost 30 years, he has conducted basic and applied research throughout the United States. He has authored or coauthored some 40 scholarly articles and chapters and 2 books, produced 3 nationally distributed documentaries, and edited or co edited 4 collections of original essays. From 1988 to 1990, he directed a team of six social scientists in a Ford Foundation study of changing ethnic relations in Garden City, Kansas. In 1995, Stull received the Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award for exemplary achievement from the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. In 2001, he was presented with the key to Garden City, Kansas, in recognition of the value of his work to that community.Michael J. Broadway is professor and head of Northern Michigan University's geography department. He is trained as a social geographer and has published a number of articles dealing with inner city deprivation in Canadian cities and the role of tourism in transforming Canadian inner-city landscapes. For most of the past 17 years, Broadway has researched the changing structure of the U.S. and Canadian meatpacking industries and their role in transforming communities. He began his work in Garden City, Kansas, as a member of the Ford Foundation team led by Stull, which examined the nature of relations between established residents and newcomers in the town. Most recently, he received a grant to travel to the United Kingdom to examine its meat industry.
Table of Contents
Series Foreward. Foreward by Eric Schlosser. Introduction. 1. Setting the Table. 2. From Roundups to Restructuring: The Beef Industry. 3. Chicken Little, Chicken Big: The Poultry Industry. 4. Hog Heaven: The Pork Industry. 5. The Human Price of Our Meat. 6. On the Floor at Running Iron Beef. 7. Garden City, Kansas: Trophy Buckle on the Beef Belt. 8. Don't Shoot the Messenger: Technical Assistance to Packinghouse Towns. 9. Not In My Backyard: Community Opposition to the Meat and Poultry Industry. 10. Food For Thought. References. Index.
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