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Biopower and an ecology of genes : seeing livestock as meat via genetics

Holloway, Lewis


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Professor Lewis Holloway
Professor of Human Geography, Director of Research (School of Environmental Science), Chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee


Jody Emel

Harvey Neo


This book chapter focuses on some of the implications of what has been represented as a radical change in livestock breeding for thinking about meat in relation to living farm animals: the use of genetic techniques in selecting breeding animals. The chapter draws on Foucault’s theorisation of biopower to describe some of the key dimensions of this shift, articulating this concept with an argument that breeders’ engagement with these techniques is part of a changing political ecology of livestock farming at the inter-related scales of the gene, the body, the herd or flock, the farm and the meat production system.


Holloway, L. (2015). Biopower and an ecology of genes : seeing livestock as meat via genetics. In J. Emel, & H. Neo (Eds.), Political Ecologies of Meat (178-194). London: Routledge.

Online Publication Date May 26, 2015
Publication Date May 15, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2016
Journal Political ecologies of meat
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 178-194
Book Title Political Ecologies of Meat
Chapter Number 11
ISBN 9781317816409; 9780415736947; 9780415736954
Keywords Livestock
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