Being existed by another through the sensory: The ungrievable deaths of industrial pigs in slaughterhouse tours

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Abstract

This chapter examines the sensory experience of witnessing industrial death to demonstrate the productive and affective potential of the sensory in conceptualizing deathscapes. The sensory awakens us to the existence of the nonhuman other which, in an industrial slaughterhouse with incorporated transparency, is obscured from our awareness through the discursive marshalling of painless, ungrievable animal death. Through ethnographic moments from the slaughterhouse tours, I reveal how the pigs come into existence for guests in ways that disrupt the coherence and calculability of the discursive construction of industrial death, making witnesses of us in the deathscape of industrial slaughter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on Urban Deathscapes : Continuity, Change, and Contestation
Number of pages18
Place of publicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateMar 2023
Pages162-179
Chapter9
ISBN (Print)9781802202380
ISBN (Electronic)9781802202397
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Multispecies ethnography
  • Transparency
  • Grievability
  • Denmark
  • Sensory ethnography
  • Pig slaughterhouse

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