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Biosecurity and the topologies of infected life : from borderlines to borderlands

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Exeter, Royaume-Uni
ALLEN, J.
Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Etats-Unis
LAVAU, S.
Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Exeter, Royaume-Uni
BINGHAM, N.
Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Etats-Unis
CARTER, S.
Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Etats-Unis


Description :
Using multi-species ethnographic work across a range of sites, from wildlife reserves to farms and food processing plants, we argue for a shift of focus in biosecurity away from defined borderlines towards that of borderlands. The latter involves the detachment of borders from geographic territory and highlights the continuous topological interplay and resulting tensions involved in making life live. We use this spatial imagination to call for a different kind of biopolitics and for a shift in what counts as a biosecurity emergency. As a means to re-frame the questions concerning biosecurity, we argue for a change of discourse and practice away from disease ‘breach points’ towards the ‘tipping points’ that can arise in the intense foldings that characterise pathological lives.


Type de document :
Article de périodique

Source :
Transactions - Institute of British Geographers (1965), issn : 0020-2754, 2013, vol. 38, n°. 4, p. 531-553, nombre de pages : 23, Références bibliographiques : 3 p.

Date :
2013

Editeur :
Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Institute of British Geographers

Langue :
Anglais
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