Labor “meats” religion: economic restructuring in the meatpacking industry and religious adherence in the Midwest.

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dc.contributor.advisor Bader, Christopher David. Palmer-Boyes, Ashley E.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Sociology. en 2008-05
dc.description.abstract Labor market trends are often examined in light of their economic significance. However, little attention has been devoted to the relationship between economic trends and their potential impact on religion. Focusing on the consequences of economic restructuring, I argue that labor market variables have consequences for rates of religious adherence. Specifically, I examine an industry which well exemplifies the consequences of restructuring in the Midwestern United States, the meat processing industry. As a result of restructuring, many processors have relocated to rural communities in the Midwest, which lack a sufficient native labor supply to meet the employment needs of the packing plants, which have characteristically high rate of turnover. Consequently, packing plants have recruited and rely heavily on Hispanic immigrant labor to sustain operations. As Hispanic immigrants migrate to rural Midwestern counties, they bring their religion with them, over time increasing the share of Catholic adherents in their destination communities. en
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dc.subject Hispanic Americans --- Middle West -- Population. en
dc.subject Hispanic American Catholics --- Middle West -- Population. en
dc.subject Packing-house workers --- Middle West. en
dc.subject Meat industry and trade --- Middle West. en
dc.subject Alien labor --- Middle West. en
dc.subject Immigrants --- Middle West. en
dc.subject Middle West -- Religious life and customs. en
dc.title Labor “meats” religion: economic restructuring in the meatpacking industry and religious adherence in the Midwest. en
dc.type Thesis en M.A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Sociology. en

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