Pachirat's Book: Every Twelve Seconds

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Pachirat's book: Every Twelve Seconds

Pachirat's book: Every Twelve Seconds


The purpose of this study is to expand the boundaries of our knowledge by exploring some relevant information relating to the analysis of Tim Pachirat's “Every Twelve Seconds”. In Every Twelve Seconds, Tim Pachirat writes about the “politics of sight” for industrialized slaughter. He analyzes the physical arrangements of the slaughterhouse, focusing on what is hidden, what is visible, and what power operates through the practice of concealment (Pachirat, 2011, pp. 14-15). In this paper, the author will choose a familiar space, just as discussed in Pachirat's book, and analyze the politics of sight for that space.

Discussion & Analysis

If we could get a chance to peak in to the world of slaughter house and witness the monstrous killing apparatus at work, would we pay more respect to animals? Would we retaliate the brutal behavior of these slaughter houses with animals just to quench the meat thirst of humans, and the big question, would we able to decide not to eat meat? These queries were addressed by Tim Pachirat in his book “Every Twelve Seconds”

The question that Pachirat raises in his book is not solely related to the food or to the immorality of the cheese burger we had in Lunch, it's about the lack of awareness of people, belonging to modern society, regarding the actual picture behind these slaughter houses. It's about the ignorance of these people from harsh realities of life (Pachirat, 2011).

The section “Politics of sight” examines the brutal activities being adapted in the slaughter house and relates it with how people of the modern society have become unsympathetic to such violent activities. In doing so, people are unaware of the fact that they are unintentionally supporting the violence, hostility and brutality around them. The brutal slaughter of animals in these “so called” animal factories is just one subset of fatalities in that larger process (Pachirat, 2011).

For the purpose of having a deep understanding of the concept “Politics of sight”, we will look in to the operations of multinational organizations (spaces). This space is linked to a famous product that is used all around the world, Nike. In recent times, government has introduced free trade policies that give consumer the advantage of purchasing the product (consumer goods) at extreme low prices. Although, consumer might assume this reduction in price of the goods as added benefit, but in reality, these ...