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SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES: THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA draws on more than 20 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. Features a forward by Eric Schlosser. The second edition includes updated demographic information as well as a new chapter, "Is Meat Murder?" that examines the ethics of meat eating.
Table of Contents
|Series Foreword||p. xv|
|Preface to the Second Edition||p. xxi|
|The Tour||p. 1|
|Studying the Meat and Poultry Industryłand Why||p. 5|
|Setting the Table||p. 11|
|More Inputs, Fewer Farms||p. 12|
|Eat In or Eat Out?||p. 14|
|Agricultural Industrialization||p. 15|
|Consequences of Agricultural Industrialization for the Meat and Poultry Industry||p. 17|
|From Roundups to Restructuring: The Beef Industry||p. 27|
|A Branding on the Flying V||p. 27|
|The Cattle Kingdom||p. 32|
|Home on the Range: The Short, Happy Life of a Beef Cow||p. 35|
|Go West, Young Steer, Go West||p. 37|
|From Hogsheads to Disassembly Lines: The Rise of the Meatpacking Industry||p. 38|
|Beef packing Moves to the Country: Relocating and Restructuring the Industry||p. 41|
|Chicken Little, Chicken Big: The Poultry Industry||p. 42|
|Down on the Farm||p. 42|
|Poultry Production and Consumption in the Early Twentieth Century||p. 42|
|Mrs. Steele's Chicks: The Birth of the Modern Poultry Industry||p. 44|
|Industrializing, Integrating, and Marketing the Chicken||p. 46|
|Contract Growing and Factory Farming||p. 48|
|Big Chicken Comes to Roost in Kentucky||p. 48|
|Old MacDonald Takes a Factory Job: How Chickens Are Grown, 1998||p. 50|
|The Sky Is Falling||p. 55|
|Deus Ex Machina||p. 58|
|Justice Denied||p. 59|
|Hog Heaven: The Pork Industry||p. 62|
|The Essence of Pig||p. 65|
|The Road to Porkopolis||p. 66|
|Hog Heaven or Hell?||p. 67|
|Miss Piggy's New Frontiers||p. 71|
|Is Meat Murder?||p. 75|
|Animal Liberation||p. 77|
|Twenty-First Century Abolitionists||p. 78|
|"Nature Is Cruel, but We Don't Have to Be"||p. 80|
|Cruel and Unusual Punishment||p. 81|
|"Confined Is Not Kind"||p. 83|
|Happier Meals||p. 85|
|So, Is Meat Murder?||p. 87|
|The Human Price of Our Meat||p. 89|
|The Jungle||p. 89|
|"On to Organize"||p. 93|
|"It Don't Pay Great"||p. 99|
|Meatpacking Has Always Been Dangerous||p. 100|
|On the Line||p. 102|
|"A Lot of People Leave"||p. 106|
|On the Floor at Running Iron Beef||p. 109|
|The Walkout||p. 109|
|Anthropologists in the Jungle||p. 110|
|Managing Running Iron Beef||p. 111|
|Running Iron Beef's Workforce||p. 112|
|Labor Issues||p. 113|
|Corporate and "Work Cultures at Running Iron Beef||p. 115|
|Cultural and Language Differences||p. 124|
|Our Final Report and Its Impact||p. 126|
|Garden City, Kansas: Harvest of Change||p. 130|
|Beefpacking's Golden Triangle||p. 130|
|The Fastest Growing Town in Kansas||p. 131|
|The Changing Relations Project||p. 132|
|Will It Ever Settle Down?||p. 134|
|What Goes Up Must Come Down||p. 135|
|Garden City's Great Big Meat Adventure: 30 Years and Counting||p. 145|
|Don't Shoot the Messenger: Technical Assistance to Packinghouse Towns||p. 150|
|The Pliancy Factor||p. 151|
|Community Development Models||p. 152|
|Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst||p. 153|
|Brooks: "City of a Hundred Hellos"||p. 158|
|Community Study Teams: The Ideal and the Real||p. 160|
|What Can Host Communities Do, and When Must They Do It?||p. 162|
|The Way Forward||p. 167|
|Not in My Backyard: Community Opposition to the Meat and Poultry Industry||p. 169|
|Western Kentucky's Tour de Stench||p. 170|
|The Sierra Club Takes on Big Chicken||p. 173|
|A Fight Lost, a Fight to Be Won: Big Pig in Alberta||p. 174|
|Let the Match Recommence||p. 175|
|The Decision and Its Aftermath||p. 179|
|Save Our Jobs!||p. 181|
|Food for Thought||p. 183|
|Brave New Animal Wodd||p. 184|
|How Now Mad Cow in the United States?||p. 187|
|What's in That Ham Sandwich?||p. 188|
|Plenty More Where That Came From||p. 189|
|Meatpacking and Uncle Sam||p. 192|
|Meat Me in Court||p. 194|
|No Such Thing as a Free Lunch||p. 194|
|Organic and Natural||p. 196|
|Voting with Your Stomach||p. 199|
|The Meat and Poultry Industry: History Repeated?||p. 201|
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