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Legitimizing Corporate Harm

The Discourse of Contemporary Agribusiness

  • Uniquely targets animal and environmental harm caused by the industrial food system

  • Sheds light on the role of language and other symbols in the perpetuation of harm to non-human life

  • Highlights the failure of industrial agriculture to protect animals


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (PSGC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 17-26
  4. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 27-38
  5. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 55-63
  6. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 65-73
  7. Jennifer L. Schally
    Pages 75-81
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 83-97

About this book


This book utilizes critical discourse analysis to illuminate the ways in which one of the largest agribusinesses in operation, Tyson Foods, disguises their actions whilst simultaneously presenting the image of a benign, good corporate citizen. Schally unveils how the discourses employed by Tyson gain legitimacy by drawing on and aligning with larger cultural discourses that are often taken for granted and not adequately scrutinised. This original research, situated at the intersection of green and cultural criminologies, contributes to these current perspectives as well as to the burgeoning social harm approach within criminology. 

A bold and engaging study, this book will be indispensable for students and scholars of green criminology, corporate crime, animals and society, and environmental sociology, as well as environmental and animal rights activists.


Green Criminology Environmental Justice Food Cultural Criminology Criminal Justice Species Justice Agribusiness Animal harm Intensive animal farming Discourse Environmental violations Corporate identity Metonymy Animal rights

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State HarrisburgMiddletown, PAUSA

About the authors

Jennifer L. Schally is on the faculty of the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, USA. 

Bibliographic information


“A piquant account of very insalubrious practices! Schally has made an important contribution to green cultural criminology with her trenchant critique of corporate environmental harm.” (Avi Brisman, Associate Professor, School of Justice Studies, College of Justice and Safety, Eastern Kentucky University, USA)

“This book provides a damning indictment of how animal harm is legitimized within contemporary agricultural production in the United States. Through analysis of language and corporate messages Schally provides a fascinating insight into the different ways in which animal harm is hidden, normalised and legalised within the animal product industry. This book is an important contribution to green criminology's species justice literature.” (Angus Nurse, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University, UK)