1st Edition

Mosquitopia The Place of Pests in a Healthy World

Edited By Marcus Hall, Dan Tamïr Copyright 2022
    312 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume brings together natural scientists, social scientists and humanists to assess if (or how) we may begin to coexist harmoniously with the mosquito. The mosquito is humanity’s deadliest animal, killing over a million people each year by transmitting malaria, yellow fever, Zika and several other diseases. Yet of the 3,500 species of mosquito on Earth, only a few dozen of them are really dangerous—so that the question arises as to whether humans and their mosquito foe can learn to live peacefully with one another.

    Chapters assess polarizing arguments for conserving and preserving mosquitoes, as well as for controlling and killing them, elaborating on possible consequences of both strategies. This book provides informed answers to the dual question: could we eliminate mosquitoes, and should we? Offering insights spanning the technical to the philosophical, this is the “go to” book for exploring humanity’s many relationships with the mosquito—which becomes a journey to finding better ways to inhabit the natural world.

    Mosquitopia will be of interest to anyone wanting to explore dependencies between human health and natural systems, while offering novel perspectives to health planners, medical experts, environmentalists and animal rights advocates.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at

    http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003056034, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

    FOREWORD by Clifford Mutero  Part 1: COULD WE (SHOULD WE) ELIMINATE MOSQUITOES?  1. Killing Mosquitoes? Think before you swat By Marcus Hall; Dan Tamir  2. The Mosquito: An introduction By Frances M. Hawkes; Richard J. Hopkins  3. Disappearance, Invasion and Resistance: Multispecies ethnography, insect control and loss By Uli Beisel; Carsten Wergin  Part 2: LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE  4. The Long Arc of Mosquito Control By James Webb, Jr.  5. Domesticated Mosquitoes: Colonization and the growth of mosquito habitats in North America By Urmi Engineer Willoughby  6. Could We / Should We Eradicate Mosquitoes? The case of the yellow fever vector By Nancy Leys Stepan  7. Fighting Nuisance on the Northern Fringe: Controlling mosquitoes in Britain between the World Wars By Peter Coates  Part 3: KNOW THY ENEMY  8. The Mosquito and Malaria: Would mosquito control alone eliminate the disease? By Willem Takken  9. Living with Mosquitoes in Disease-free Contexts: Attitudes and perceptions of risk in English wetlands By Adriana Ford; Mary Gearey; Tim G. Acott  10. Little one I hold my breath So you can’t find me By Kerry Morrison; Helmut Lemke  Part 4: KNOW THYSELF  11. Enacting Politics with Mosquitoes: Beyond eradication and control By Jean Segata  12. Eradication against Ambivalence By Alex Nading  13. The Innocent Mosquito? The Environmental Ethics of Mosquito Eradication By Anna Wienhues  Part 5: IMPROVING HUMAN-MOSQUITO RELATIONSHIPS 14. Mosquito Control: Success, failure and expectation in a context of arboviruses expansion and emergence By Isabelle Dusfour; Sarah C. Chaney  15. Designer mosquitoes By Ramya M. Rajagopalan  16. The Mosquitome By Frederic Simard 17. Mosquito Utopias and Dystopias: A concluding dispatch from the front lines By Indra Vythilingam  AFTERWORD By Ashwani Kumar




    Marcus Hall is an environmental historian and professor at the University of Zurich. In exploring changing human relationships with the natural world, Hall has turned to such subjects as restoring, rewilding, invasive species, warfare, earth art, chronobiology, malaria, and parasites. His books include Earth Repair, Restoration and History, Crossing Mountains, and (with Marco Armiero) Nature and History in Modern Italy.

    Dan Tamïr is environmental historian and research associate at the University of Zurich. His research examines the global circulation and the local adaptations of ideologies, species and resources. His current research focuses on the global political cooperation in targeting mosquito-borne diseases during the past century.

    “This book is a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion provided by a diverse array of authors with unique viewpoints and observations regarding the mosquito-human interaction while we, as humans, contemplate our place within a Mosquitopia.” 

    James Cilek, Medical Entomologist


    “The collection as a whole is indispensable for anyone with a scholarly interest in mosquitoes, mosquito-borne disease, and mosquito control.”

    John McNeill, author of Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914