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Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America, 2nd Edition

  • Donald D. Stull The University of Kansas
  • Michael J. Broadway Northern Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 1111828784  |  ISBN-13: 9781111828783
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • Slaughterhouse Blues describes in detail the meat and poultry industry and its impact on farmers and ranchers, production workers, communities, animals, and consumers.
  • Slaughterhouse Blues describes in detail the meat and poultry industry and its impact on farmers and ranchers, production workers, communities, animals, and consumers.
  • This case study includes both macro- and microlevel analyses from geographic and anthropological perspectives, and draws upon extensive ethnographic materials, direct quotes from interviews, and fieldnotes.

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.

What's New

  • A preface to the second edition explains how meat and poultry is reacting to increasing public concerns about food safety, animal welfare, and health.
  • The second edition incorporates new research and broadens the scope of the book. Every chapter was edited and updated. Several, including the conclusion, were substantially revised.
  • A new chapter on animal rights and welfare, "Is Meat Murder?," examines the ethics of meat eating, and how governments, meat and poultry companies, and restaurants are responding to increasing public sensitivity to the treatment of animals.
  • Includes new material on mad cow disease and the federal crackdowns on unauthorized immigrants in several meat and poultry plants.
  • Tables and figures from the first edition were updated along with new demographic information. New figures and pictures have been added.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donald D. Stull

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 J. Broadway

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.