1st Edition

The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases

ISBN 9780203113110
Published August 15, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Biosecurity is the assessment and management of potentially dangerous infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive (alien) species, living modified organisms, and biological weapons. It is a holistic concept of direct relevance to the sustainability of agriculture, food safety, and the protection of human populations (including bio-terrorism), the environment, and biodiversity. Biosecurity is a relatively new concept that has become increasingly prevalent in academic, policy and media circles, and needs a more comprehensive and inter-disciplinary approach to take into account mobility, globalisation and climate change. 

In this introductory volume, biosecurity is presented as a governance approach to a set of concerns that span the protection of indigenous biological organisms, agricultural systems and human health, from invasive pests and diseases. It describes the ways in which biosecurity is understood and theorized in different subject disciplines, including anthropology, political theory, ecology, geography and environmental management. It examines the different scientific and knowledge practices connected to biosecurity governance, including legal regimes, ecology, risk management and alternative knowledges. The geopolitics of biosecurity is considered in terms of health, biopolitics and trade governance at the global scale. Finally, biosecurity as an approach to actively secure the future is assessed in the context of future risk and uncertainties, such as globalization and climate change.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Framing Biosecurity 

1. Introduction: Interrogating Bio-insecurities 

Kezia Barker, Sarah Taylor and Andrew Dobson 

2. A World in Peril? The Case for Containment 

Daniel Simberloff 

3. Power over Life: Biosecurity as Biopolitics 

Bruce Braun 

Part 2: Implementing Biosecurity 

4. Governing Biosecurity 

Andrew Donaldson 

5. Legal Frameworks for Biosecurity 

Opi Outhwaite 

6. Biosecurity: Whose Knowledge Counts? 

Gareth Enticott and Katy Wilkinson 

7. Biosecurity Management Practices: Determining and Delivering a Response 

John Mumford 

Part 3: Biosecurity and Geopolitics 

8. A Neoliberal Biosecurity? The WTO, Free Trade and the Governance of Plant Health 

Clive Potter 

9. Viral Geopolitics: Biosecurity and Global Health Governance 

Alan Ingram 

10. Biosecurity and Bio-terror: Reflections on a Decade 

Brian Rappert and Filippa Lentzos 

Part 4: Transgressing Biosecurity 

11. Biosecurity and Ecology: Beyond the Nativism Debate 

Juliet Fall 

12. Introducing Aliens, Re-introducing Natives: A Conflict of Interest for Biosecurity?

Henry Buller 

13. The Insecurity of Biosecurity: Re-making Emerging Infectious Diseases 

Stephen Hinchliffe 

14. Conclusion: Biosecurity, the Future and the Impact of Climate Change 

Sarah Taylor, Andrew Dobson, and Kezia Barker

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Andrew Dobson is Professor of Politics at Keele University, UK. 

Kezia Barker is Lecturer in Science and Environmental Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. 

Sarah L. Taylor is Lecturer in Ecology and Programme Director of Biology at Keele University, UK.


"This mixture of science, law, social sciences, politics, asks some very difficult questions about what we need to do, why and how. The emphasis throughout is on managing risk but complex demonstrate just how confusing this whole area is…"David Walton, BES Bulletin