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Pathological Lives: Disease, Space and Biopolitics

Hinchliffe, Steve; Bingham, Nick; Allen, John and Carter, Simon (2016). Pathological Lives: Disease, Space and Biopolitics. RGS-IBG Book Series. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2016 John Wiley and Sons
ISBN: 1-118-99759-X, 978-1-118-99759-8
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Biosecurity Borderlands: making biosecurity work in a complex landscape. (D-08-026-SH)ES/G034974/1ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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Item ID: 48016
Depositing User: Simon Carter
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 09:55
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016 09:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48016
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