By Kendra Coulter
Interweaving human-animal reports, hard work theories and examine, and feminist political economic climate, Coulter develops a different research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and probabilities of multispecies and interspecies labor.
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As farming is restructured and family-owned farms are replaced by large, agribusinesses, the already modest incomes of farming people become increasingly precarious. Most farm families in countries like Canada have at least one person working for wages off the farm, and as agricultural corporations buy up farm land and replace a higher number of smaller farms with massive operations, the jobs offered are usually insecure and poorly paid. Some may suggest that the chance to work with animals is payment enough.
The numbers climb by tens of billions when considering the global situation. The facilities where animals are sent to be killed have also changed in ways that impact people and labor processes, as well (Lee 2008). Amy Fitzgerald (2010) has traced the historical progression of slaughterhouse organization, which originally involved private killing of animals. Slowly these processes became centralized and regulated, and the slaughterhouse became a specific institution in the early nineteenth century.
Many whole occupations revolve around care work, but certain kinds of care work can be done as one component along with a number of other types of work. For example, a teacher’s primary responsibility is education and learning—and she/he engages in education work—but care work is often needed and involved, particularly to help, comfort, and support troubled students, those facing multiple barriers, and those dealing with crises. Care work is provided through publicly funded organizations, or available for purchase through the private sector, as well as done without pay in homes and communities everywhere in the world.