Introducing meat studies


  • Ryan J. Phillips Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Elisabeth Abergel Université du Québec à Montréal



Meat, meat studies, plant-based, cell-based, protein, socio-cultural dimensions, production, consumption


A growing, though still loosely connected, body of academic work has started placing meat at the centre of critical discourses regarding climate change and environmental sustainability, human health, economic wellbeing, food futures, and animal and ecological ethics. This special themed issue seeks to bring these multi-disciplinary scholars into direct conversation with one another under the umbrella of ‘Meat Studies’ as an emerging sub-field of study. Indeed, the recent establishment of Vegan Studies (see: Wright, 2015 and 2017) necessitates a parallel effort to better understand meat’s persistent social, economic, political, and cultural status in human societies. By situating meat at the centre of critical analysis, we identify, articulate, and address the challenges that meat poses in the twenty-first century. More generally, Meat Studies allows us to critically re-examine our cultural conventions regarding the ways in which we classify different foods, diets, identities, and culinary practices.




How to Cite

Phillips, R. J., & Abergel, E. (2024). Introducing meat studies. Canadian Food Studies La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 11(1), 1–8.