Framing bovine tuberculosis: a ‘political ecology of health’ approach to circulation of knowledge(s) about animal disease control

Robinson, P.A. (2017) Framing bovine tuberculosis: a ‘political ecology of health’ approach to circulation of knowledge(s) about animal disease control. The Geographical Journal.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12217

Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) remains a significant animal health problem with a global distribution. In addition to the ecological complexities, socio-economic and socio-cultural factors also affect efforts to control and eliminate the disease. Interrogating bTB from the author's positionality of being both a veterinary epidemiologist and a human geographer, this interdisciplinary engagement in the political ecology of health investigates the experiences and opinions of the actors involved in disease control. The findings of this research in one part of the United Kingdom – Northern Ireland – demonstrate gaps between expert scientific discourse and circulating on-the-ground perceptions and lay knowledges of the disease. bTB is therefore known and framed in multiple, often antithetical, ways by those who meet and experience the disease on farms. The paper concludes that farmers, vets and state policy-makers must accept the heterogeneity of the disease; make it visible again; and create new imaginaries for a future where bTB is no longer an everyday ubiquity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bovine tuberculosis, biosecurity, framing, knowledge circulations, political ecology of health, Science and Technology Studies
Members: Harper Adams University
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 19:01
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 19:01
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15887

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