Producers, processors and markets: A study of the export meat industry in New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
The thesis is a sociological investigation of the export meat industry of New Zealand. It is concerned with the complex relations established between family farmers and agribusiness firms. The thesis demonstrates how these relations have been secured to the advantage of family farmers by a producer board which acts on their behalf. It is suggested that the politics of the producer board operated first to constrain agribusiness firms, but more recently to support their operations. The reasons for this change are explored through two case studies of processing firms. The industrial relations within these firms are also traced. The thesis plays off the specific case against more general sociological arguments about the triumph of agribusiness and the subordination of family farmers.