By Kendra Coulter
Interweaving human-animal stories, exertions theories and examine, and feminist political economic climate, Coulter develops a distinct research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and probabilities of multispecies and interspecies labor.
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Further centralization and industrialization progressed from there, with the massive Union Stock Yard complex opening in Chicago in 1865, surrounded by slums where 60,000 workers and their families lived (Fitzgerald 2010). In fact, Henry Ford says he took inspiration for assembly line auto manufacturing from industrialized slaughterhouses (Shukin 2009). Across Canada and the United States, animal slaughter was concentrated in urban areas. Since the 1960s, however, most slaughtering facilities have been moved out of large cities into rural regions, beyond view of the majority of the population.
After graduation from high school or post-secondary education, some young workers are pressured to seek out unpaid internships in order to try and gain contacts and get a foot in the door toward paid work, regardless of whether this is ultimately successful or not. This pattern is not unique to young workers either, and older people who are replaced or terminated may feel and face similar pressures as they attempt to gain employment in a new or different line of work. This larger political context complicates ideas of unpaid work and volunteerism, the latter intended to be about community, altruism, and service, but currently something much more complex.
Accordingly, there can be overlap among these three types of work, and examples of this connectivity are noted. Work is defined and understood in different ways within and across communities. It has multifaceted meanings and implications for individuals, groups, species, and the planet, and it can be rewarding, monotonous, troubling, insufferable, dangerous, lethal, transformative, and/or inspiring. But in every time and place, work is essential; so is animal work, and it is overdue for thorough analysis and greater care.
Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity by Kendra Coulter