Any Way You Cut It: Meat Processing and Small-Town America / Edition 1

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In pursuit of jobs and economic development, many rural communities have attracted large meat, poultry, and fish processing plants owned by transnational corporations. But what they don't bargain for is the increase in crime, homelessness, school overcrowding, housing shortages, social disorder, cyclical migration, and poverty that inevitably follows.
To shed light on the forces that drive the meat industry and the communities where it locates, this book brings together the varying perspectives of anthropologists, geographers, sociologists, journalists, and industry specialists. These experts show that, despite increased automation, meat, poultry, and fish processing remain labor intensive create problems for employees, host communities, and government regulatory agencies.
The authors explore the factors that sway industry and community decision making and propose alternate routes communities and meat processors can take to reverse deteriorating conditions and avoid potentially explosive predicaments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700607228
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Rural America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Introduction: Making Meat, David Griffith, Michael J.Broadway, and Donald D. Stull

2. From City to Countryside: Recent Changes in the Structure and Location of the Meat- and Fish-Processing Industries, Michael J. Broadway

3. On the Horns of a Dilemma: The U.S. Meat and Poultry Industry, Steve Bjerklie

4. Killing Them Softly: Work in Meatpacking Plants and What It Does to Workers, Donald D. Stull and Michael J. Broadway

5. Dances with Cows: Beepacking's Impact on Garden City, Kansas, and Lexington, Nebraska, Lourdes Gouveia and Donald D. Stull

6. Pork, Poultry, and Newcomers in Storm Lake, Iowa, Mark A. Grey

7. Hay Trabajo: Poultry Processing, Rural Industrialization, and the Latinization of Low-Wage Labor, David Griffith

8. New Immigrants in an Old Industry: Blue Crab Processing in Pamlico County, North Carolina, David Griffith

9. Industries, Immigrants, and Illness in the New Midwest, Robert A. Hackenberg and Gary Kukulka

10. The Kill Line: Facts of Life, Proposals for Change, Bob Hall

11. Conclusion: Joe Hill Died for Your Sins. Empowering Minority Workers in the New Industrial Labor Force, Robert A. Hackenberg


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