(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

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

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HINCHCLIFFE S. (1) ; ALLEN J. (2) ; LAVAU S. (1) ; BINGHAM N. (2) ; CARTER S. (2) ;
(1) Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Exeter, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, ETATS-UNIS


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.


Article of periodic

published at : Transactions - Institute of British Geographers / ISSN 0020-2754 / CODEN IBGTAE

Editor : Institute of British Geographers, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1965)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 38, no4 [pp. 531-553]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.




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