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Poultry Science, Chicken Culture is a collection of engrossing, witty, and thought-provoking essays about the chicken-the familiar domestic bird that has played an intimate part in our cultural, scientific, social, economic, legal, and medical practices and concerns since ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Organized as a primer, the book reaches beyond narrow disciplines to discover why individuals are so fascinated with the humble, funny, overlooked, and omnipresent chicken.

          Spanning fascinating and diverse fields, Susan Merrill Squier assesses the chicken as the focus of film, photography, and visual art in many media; details some of the roles played by chickens and eggs in the development of embryology, biology, and regenerative medicine; traces the iconic figure of the chicken (and the chicken thief) in political discourse during the 2008 presidential election; demonstrates the types of knowledge that have been lost as food production moved from small-scale farming to industrial agriculture; investigates the connection between women and chickens; analyzes the fears and risks behind the panic around avian flu; and scrutinizes the role of chicken farming in international development. A combination of personal passion and surprising scholarly information, Poultry Science, Chicken Culture will change forever the way you think about chickens.

About the Author

SUSAN M. SQUIER is the Julia Gregg Brill Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Penn State University and author of eight books, including Babies in Bottles: Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology (Rutgers University Press), Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine, and Virginia Woolf and London: The Sexual Politics of the City. Her research takes her from her own backyard where she raises chickens to scholarly trips throughout the United States and Europe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813554211
Author:
Squier, Susan
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Squier, Susan Merrill
Author:
Squier, Susan M.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
First Paperback Edition
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Cooking and Food » By Ingredient » Meats » Poultry
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology
Science and Mathematics » Popular Science » Essays

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