Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Fitzgerald, Amy (Sociology & Anthropology)

Keywords

Sociology, General.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis examines the discourses of a variety of stakeholders regarding global climate change (GCC), assessing if and how they construct industrial animal agriculture as a risk, and if and how these discourses may have shifted since the release of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Livestock's Long Shadow report. Using Ulrich Beck's concepts of risk society, risk conflicts and relations of definition, this thesis examines how various animal rights and welfare groups, environmental organizations, meat industry stakeholders, governmental agencies and newspapers in Canada, the U.S. and internationally, investigate and construct industrial animal agriculture as a risk, if at all, and how these definitions conflict. This research finds that while the problematization of animal agriculture's contribution to GCC has been acknowledged by a number of organizations, for the most part, it has not increased since the release of Livestock's Long Shadow.

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