A Transnational Analysis


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Book Pages: 312 Illustrations: 16 illustrations Published: March 2021

Critical Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies > Food Studies, Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

What is meat? Is it simply food to consume, or a metaphor for our own bodies? Can “bloody” vegan burgers, petri dish beef, live animals, or human milk be categorized as meat? In pursuing these questions, the contributors to Meat! trace the shifting boundaries of the meanings of meat across time, geography, and cultures. In studies of chicken, fish, milk, barbecue, fake meat, animal sacrifice, cannibalism, exotic meat, frozen meat, and other manifestations of meat, they highlight meat's entanglements with race, gender, sexuality, and disability. From the imperial politics embedded in labeling canned white tuna as “the chicken of the sea” to the relationship between beef bans, yoga, and bodily purity in Hindu nationalist politics, the contributors demonstrate how meat is an ideal vantage point from which to better understand transnational circuits of power and ideology as well as the histories of colonialism, ableism, and sexism.

Contributors. Neel Ahuja, Irina Aristarkhova, Sushmita Chatterjee, Mel Y. Chen, Kim Q. Hall, Jennifer A. Hamilton, Anita Mannur, Elspeth Probyn, Parama Roy, Banu Subramaniam, Angela Willey, Psyche Williams-Forson


“Meat is power, meat is politics. By expanding the definitional terrain of the word, the authors in this collection also reimagine the scope of food and animal studies and provide much-needed connective tissue (pun not intended) for future work in the field. This book is a game changer. Period.” — Sharon Patricia Holland, author of The Erotic Life of Racism

“A new and provocative engagement with the material and symbolic dimensions of meat within a transnational frame, this collection exfoliates meat's various layers, not to uncover an essential truth, but to examine meat as a dynamic, multiple, and unstable category. It is less about what meat is than it is about what meat does. It is precisely this dimension that renders Meat! an important scholarly advance in cultural studies, food studies, and gender, women, queer, and feminist studies.” — Martin F. Manalansan IV, coeditor of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader


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Sushmita Chatterjee is Associate Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at Appalachian State University.

Banu Subramaniam is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction. How to Think with Meat / Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramaniam  1
1. When Fish Is Meat: Transnational Entanglements / Elspeth Probyn  17
2. Eating the Mother / Irina Aristarkhova  39
3. Reindeer and Woolly Mammoths: The Imperial Transit of Frozen Meat from the North American Arctic / Jennifer A. Hamilton  61
4. Beefing Yoga: Meat, Corporeality, and Politics / Sushmita Chatterjee  96
5. Eating after Chernobyl: Slow Violence and Reindeer Consumption in the Postnuclear Age / Anita Mannur  121
6. Romancing the Pig: A Queer Crip Tale from Barbeque to Xenotransplantation / Kim Q. Hall  139
7. On Being Meat: Three Parables on Sacrifice and Violence / Parama Roy  162
8. "I Hide in Plain Sight": Food and Black Masculinity in Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad / Psyche Williams-Forson  194
9. On Phooka: Beef, Milk, and the Framing of Animal Cruelty in Late Colonial Bengal / Neel Ahuja  213
10. Fake Meat: A Queer Commentary / Angela Willey  241
11. The Ethical Impurative: Elemental Frontiers of Technologized Meat / Banu Subramaniam  254
12. Fire and Ash / Mel Y. Chen  279
About the Contributors  293
Index  293
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1095-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0995-5