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Alternative food and animal geographies in newsprint media: Discourse analysis of urban chickens in the US


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The purpose of this research was to explore concepts and themes within the newsprint media on urban chicken keeping in the US, to find how the media affect the acceptance, proliferation and appeal of the practice among the general public. Urban chicken-keeping is an alternative practice that challenges the dominance of industrial agriculture and strives to re-examine our relationships with food animals. The newsprint media continue to cover the increasing popularity of raising chickens in US cities. The sample included 94 articles about urban chicken keeping from various small to large US newspapers. A social constructionist approach to discourse used framing to analyze data and explain the impact of the newsprint media on readers. The results demonstrate how the media market dominant perspectives of livestock and agriculture as "out of place" in cities, and mischaracterize the practice as exclusively part of a new local and organic food movement. The results also suggest that media hold alternative perspectives on livestock and agriculture in the cities, and, on some levels, encourage the acceptability of urban chicken-keeping and support further citizen action to allow for the practice. The conclusions are meant as a project to identify gaps in the media portrayal. Suggestions are made for alternative food practitioners so that they may counteract the limited media presentation with outreach and education on important aspects of this alternative practice.

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Subject
Animal sciences;
Sociology;
Mass communications;
Environmental science
Classification
0475: Animal sciences
0626: Sociology
0708: Mass communications
0768: Environmental science
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Biological sciences; United States
Title
Alternative food and animal geographies in newsprint media: Discourse analysis of urban chickens in the US
Author
Fitzpatrick, Margaret H.
Number of pages
120
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0128
Source
MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109631753
Advisor
Howard, Philip H.
University/institution
Michigan State University
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1478814
ProQuest document ID
304947156
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304947156
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