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Pathological Lives. Disease, Space and Biopolitics. RGS–IBG Book Series

  • ID: 3692285
  • Book
  • December 2016
  • 262 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Pandemics, epidemics and food borne diseases have, for some at least, become key challenges for contemporary global society. They threaten progress in global health, compromise food security, and, along with climate change and global terrorism, seem to usher in a state of emergency and a radically uncertain future. The central claim of 

Pathological Lives is that any solution offered to these kinds of emerging and often communicable diseases requires a broad–based geographical scrutiny. The book marks an empirically and theoretically informed contribution to a world seemingly under constant microbiological threat, drawing together and extending empirically based geographical scholarship in human–environment relations, science and society, more than human geographies and spatial theory to understand and evaluate efforts at making life more secure. The focus is on the food and farming sector, where the generation and subsequent transmission of disease can reach pandemic proportions. The authors review current approaches to biosecurity or making life safe within those sectors, analyse underlying drivers and logics to existing programmes and ask whether the resulting solutions can succeed. They follow farmers, retailers and regulators, amongst others, asking how pathological lives can be successfully regulated without making life more dangerous as a result.
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List of Figures ix

Series Editors Preface x

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword xiii

Part I Framing Pathological Lives 1

1 Pathological Lives Disease, Space and Biopolitics 3

Introduction: The Emergency of Emergent Infectious Diseases 3

The Four Moves of Pathological Lives 8

References 21

2 Biosecurity and the Diagramming of Disease 25

Disease Diagrams 27

The Disease Multiple: Germs and the Return of the Outside 31

Biosecurity and the Diagramming of Disease 34

Conclusions 47

References 49

3 Reconfiguring Disease Situations 52

Disease Situations 54

Microbial Life and Contagion as Difference and Repetition 67

A Topological Disease Situation 72

Conclusions 80

References 81

Part II Disease Situations 87

Introduction 87

References 89

4 Just in Time Disease: A Campylobacter Situation 91

Factory Farmed Chicken and Food borne Disease 93

Relational Economy of Disease 101

Powers of Life 107

Conclusions 108

References 109

5 The De Pasteurisation of England: Pigs, Immunity and the Politics of Attention 112

Birth of the Sty 113

Pigs in Practice Fieldwork and Translations 119

Immunity, Attention and More than Human Responses 132

Conclusions 139

References 139

6 Attending to Meat 143

Introduction 143

Mapping the Current Landscape of Food Safety 144

A Failure of Coordination? 151

Inspection as Tending the Tensions of Food Safety 154

Being Stretched 162

Conclusions 164

References 166

7 A Surfeit of Disease: Or How to Make a Disease Public 169

The Media Background to Disease Publics 171

Publicising Disease: From Public Understanding to Engagement 174

Understanding and Engaging Disease Publics 177

Understanding the Surfeit 179

Conclusions: Making a Disease Public 187

References 189

8 Knowing Birds and Viruses from Biopolitics to Cosmopolitics 192

Sensing Life 193

A Livelier Biopolitics and a Noisier Sentience 198

A Perceptual Ecology of Knowing Birds 200

Surveying Life 204

Knowing Viruses 206

The Significance of Observation 208

Conclusions 210

References 211

9 Conclusions Living Pathological Lives 214

Time Space and Intra Actions 216

A livelier Politics of Life 218

A new Kind of Emergency? 220

References 222

Index 223

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