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Title:Capitalist Pigs: Large-Scale Swine Facilities and the Mutual Construction of Nature and Society
Author(s):Coppin, Dawn Michelle
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pickering, Andrew
Department / Program:Sociology
Discipline:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Agriculture, Animal Culture and Nutrition
Abstract:I concluded that large-scale swine facilities, as the dominant manifestation of the current US swine industry, were a temporally emergent phenomenon---they were something new and unforeseen that involved the active participation of many social agents (such as farmers, consumers, laws, neighbors, land grant universities, capital investments, government agencies, agricultural companies, and grassroots organizations) and physical agents (such as swine, bacteria, building materials, medicine, and transportation technologies). All of these agents have interacted with one another in multiple and irreducible ways over the years to create a swine industry assemblage that is as much natural as it is social; thus environmental sociology would be better served if our work decentered the human and instead attended to all the agents.
Issue Date:2002
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:241 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/86196
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3070282
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2002


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