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Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America’s Favorite Food (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) Paperback – July 24, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
From a vivid account of working as the "flour boy" breading chicken on the line to a detailed expose of the human rights abuses of "Big Chicken," Striffler's concise text offers a perspective fans of Fast Food Nation will appreciate. Though aimed at a scholarly audience (parts of the book were presented at a conference on chicken at Yale), Striffler's fast-paced narrative, rich with personal detail, will be enjoyed by readers outside of the university setting. Striffler, an associate professor of Anthropology of the University of Arkansas, worked for two summers at a Tyson plant. "Look, we're all Mexican here. Screwed-over Mexicans," explains a co-worker as Striffler eats fried chicken with a group of diverse line workers, many (but not all) of whom emigrated from Mexico to work in processing plants. Rural southern communities have responded to the shifting racial makeup of their towns in often reactionary ways (Siler City, the town where Striffler worked, was the site of a KKK rally in 1999), yet the factory provides both a quasi-family for workers as well as an exploitive work environment. Striffler expands upon the current arguments for organic or sustainable chicken production to include human-friendly chicken with strict production guidelines, but he seems to have just scratched the surface with this slim volume.
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"Like Fast Food Nation, Chicken will drop more than a few jaws with its descriptions, facts, and figures. That’s all the better. I hope that this smart book will be passed from hand to hand, so that consumers will challenge the status quo and so that activists, environmentalists, labor rights organizers, and others will recognize how closely their issues are linked."—Joel Stonington, Orion
"[A] fast-paced narrative, rich with personal detail."—Publishers Weekly
"The work [Striffler] did [in a chicken processing plant] gives his book an amazing and courageous peek inside the plant, the sort of place that is usually off limits to the media. . . . Striffler clearly takes sides in the book, but the righteous indignation and polemics don’t overpower the scholar’s comprehensive approach to the topic. His insight goes beyond the problems of chicken."—Scott Carlson, Baltimore City Paper
"Striffler is a gutsy academic willing to dirty his hands, an academic who . . . writes well. . . . Chicken ought to become a touchstone. . . . The information-gathering is superb. . . . Striffler tells a gripping story."—Steve Weinberg, Des Moines Register
"[A] superbly researched and gripping book. . . . Striffler is a gutsy academic who is not afraid to get his hands dirty."—Steve Weinberg, Orlando Sentinel
"A very readable indictment of today's poultry industry, with hopeful pointers toward the humane and healthy chicken-of-the-future."―Future Survey
"A gripping and deeply sobering view of ‘big chicken’ from the bottom up. Striffler’s experience on the (dis)assembly line, his sympathetic grasp of the hopes, dreams, and origins of the workforce, and of the larger history of the industry, make for a uniquely powerful and memorable book."—James C. Scott, Yale University
particular, is a model of modern-day ethnography."—Leon Fink, editor of Labor: Working-Class History of the Americas
"Extraordinarily powerful. . . . This book will do for chicken what Fast Food Nation did for beef." —Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health