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The pig has been made to surround us in radical ways: Pork on the frontier of capitalism.

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Whether you order something from a truck that uses diesel that has biodiesel blended into it, whether you drive down a roadway that has forms of bone within it, whether you use the internet after companies like Google capture carbon offsets by funding biogas extraction from pig manure lagoons - the pig is being made and remade and saturated throughout our everyday lives. In some ways, our everyday lives have been turned into tiny, minor subsidies for these operations.

Anthropologist Alex Blanchette explores the domination of the industrialized pork industry in post-industrial America, as the demands of capitalism push the limits of both the pig and human bodies past natural limits.

Alex is author of Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm from Duke University Press.

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Alex Blanchette

Alex Blanchette is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.

 

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