Industrial chicken meat and the good life in Bolivia

Sarah Kollnig

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This paper is concerned with the role the current Bolivian government has played in the industrialization of the country’s poultry sector. In-depth ethnographic fieldwork carried out by the author provides data that allows connecting the spheres of production, distribution, and consumption of industrial chicken meat. In the realm of production, recently, large industries are taking over the market, leaving small- and medium-scale producers to struggle for survival. The ecological effects of poultry production and slaughtering have so far been unaccounted for in Bolivia. The distribution of chicken meat is being
organized in modern sales outlets geared towards the more privileged population, providing a fierce competition for traditional market vendors and leaving the less privileged population with meat of doubtful quality. Despite the success of chicken as fast food, traditional food habits have not been forgotten, and in the family circle, traditional chicken preparations are still of importance. Backyard chicken rearing has declined sharply, making the provision of chicken meat dependent on the market.
The Morales government, over the last ten years, has been unable to put its promise to support family agriculture into practice. The government discourse of Vivir Bien / the Good Life is evaluated critically against these developments “on the ground”.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun
EventNordic Environmental Social Sciences Conference (NESS) - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 2017 Jun 14 → …


ConferenceNordic Environmental Social Sciences Conference (NESS)
Period2017/06/14 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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