Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America / Edition 2 available in Paperback
An expanded second edition of SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES: THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA is now available. The authors, a cultural anthropologist and a social geographer, draw on three decades of research to present a detailed look at the modern meat and poultry industry in the United States and Canada. Following chapters on industrial beef, poultry, and pork production, SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES scrutinizes industry impacts on farmers and ranchers, processing 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 second edition includes recent research and up-to-date information on industry and consumer trends. A new chapter, "Is Meat Murder?" examines the growing public concern with animal rights and animal welfare. The book concludes with a look at the health and social consequences of the present system of meat production before exploring alternatives to North America's model of industrialized meat.
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About the Author
Donald D. Stull is professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, where he has served on the faculty since 1975. He received his doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1973, and a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Stull formerly served as editor of Human Organization, the journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and coeditor of Culture & Agriculture. Since 1987, his research has focused on meat and poultry processing's impact on workers and host communities. He has received the Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award for exemplary achievement from the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology; the Irvin E. Youngberg Award for Research Achievement in the Applied Sciences from the Kansas University Endowment Association; and the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology. Stull was made an honorary citizen of Garden City, Kansas, in 2001 and was presented with the key to the city in recognition of the value of his work for that community.
Michael Broadway is professor of geography and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Northern Michigan University. He holds degrees in education and geography from Nottingham University and London University and received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983. Before joining the faculty at Northern Michigan in 1997, Broadway taught at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Wichita State University, and the State University of New York at Geneseo. It was during his time in Kansas that Broadway developed his interest in the meat industry, and he has gone on to study its impact upon communities and the environment in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Broadway was an expert witness in a court case against one of the leading meatpacking companies in the late 1990s. His research was the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary that aired on The National in 1998. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Chair to the University of Alberta in 2006 and received Northern Michigan University's Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2007.
Table of Contents
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. Is Meat Murder? 6. The Human Price of Our Meat. 7. On the Floor at Running Iron Beef. 8. Garden City, Kansas: Harvest of Change. 9. Don't Shoot the Messenger: Technical Assistance to Packinghouse Towns. 10. Not in My Backyard: Community Opposition to the Meat and Poultry Industry. 11. Food for Thought.
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I expected a current, in-depth look at the meat industry, focusing on the environmental and sociological impact. I suppose this book is that - sort of. The opening spends a lot of time on the evolution of the meat industry. We also get a lot of information on the author's experience at a cow 'branding' event, which I could have done without. None of it added anything to the subject at hand. There's some focus on labor, the slaughterhouse workers, and how damaging the job is to their health. There is some, though not much, information on the horrible treatment of the 'farm' animals. The writing is kind of dry, and filled with statistics and comparison tables. This book seems to have been written - and should be marketed for - various college courses and students focusing on sociology.