Jessica Fagin


PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2017

Research topic: Of Meat and Men: Policy, Class and Gendering Heritage in British Slaughterhouses

My research asks what the concealed British slaughterhouse can reveal about class, gender and race as we shift through the legislative transitions of Brexit. Through multisited ethnographic fieldwork, it aims to articulate the effects of policy, regulation and heritage economies as potentially amplifying social divisions, complicating notions of nationhood and perceptions of meat consumption and production. This will focus on issues of masculinity and articulations of craft and manual labour along the British meat commodity chain. Previous fieldwork, as part of my Masters in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS, London, included Smithfield meat market, smallholdings, artisanal producers and butcher shops.

Research supervisors: Professor Harry G. West , Dr. Katherine Tyler

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Centre for Rural Policy Research