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Lecure 12 - Consumption, Ethics, Conclusions - November 27.docx

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November 27, 2013. Lecture 12 – Ethics, Consumption, Conclusions Final Exam • Easy, no tricks, no crazy details • I want to know that you learned stuff • Be able to say what each article is about o But remember author names • Review your notes on RD • …. • Allowed to bring 5 pages of notes (one sided) o Any font size o Can’t include OTHER people’s summaries/notes o You must hand in your notes with the exam o Exams without notes will get a zero  If you don’t write notes hand in 5 pages that say “I didn’t write notes” Part 1: Consumption • The politics of (in)visibility and sight o Buying and consumption has a lot to do with not seeing or not knowing why or how the things you consume came to be • Timothy Pachirat, Every Twelve Seconds o Cow truck crashed and burned and all cows but one died  The one that escaped was running wildly in public in its fear and people could do nothing to control it so the police just shot it in public  People were outraged  Irony is that the cows were on their way to a slaughterhouse to be killed and fed to most of those people o Industry (not just meat industry, but also sweatshops, etc.) situates itself so that we don’t actually see what is going on in the inside of industries  Food Inc.: If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian  Pachirat describes how a cow is slaughtered every twelve seconds in a given slaughterhouse; but the great majority of employees only see body parts and carcasses, making the reality of the cow as a living animal less obvious; less seen • Return theme: it is not animals vs. humans, but humans vs. the environment • Cycles: Bung cutters, exploited farmers, dumping corn, poor people, fast food, disease, pharmaceutical industry, precarious labour o Poor people don’t have time or money to eat fresh food  Don’t have time or money because all time and money is spent on expensive mortgages on houses too far from the downtown core to commute without a car, which requires gas and insurance, to get to work to pay for your car and gas and insurance and mortgage o Constantly eating fast food; too much fast food leads to disease; disease results in missing work and having EVEN LESS money o Meanwhile insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies profit • Ron Finley o Planting gardens in LA, specifically south LA o Promoting gardening and growing your own food in inner cities o Volunteer run organization that plants gardens throughout the city o People in his neighbourhood don’t have access to fresh food, it’s all fast food, empty lots, and dialysis centres o Wants to make gardening “gangster” • “Eating the other” o Becoming part of a culture by eating their food o Eating the other makes the “other” or that which is different (and therefore feared) more familiar o The Brits invented the term “curry” to describe any saucy Indian food • The commodification of difference o Taking what is different and turning it into a commodity so that it is contained within you, so that you own it, so that it is not familiar and not feared • But which diff
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