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Vermin, Victims and Disease

British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers

Authors: Cassidy, Angela

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  • Focuses on the interactions and collaborations between scientists, policymakers, campaigners and the public to understand how this problem has developed into today’s publicly polarised controversy
  • An Open Access title that combines historical and social science approaches, incorporating policy archives, mass media and oral history
  • Provides a reliable source of information for those currently engaged in this continuing debate and offers recommendations for moving ahead
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This open access book provides the first critical history of the controversy over whether to cull wild badgers to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in British cattle. This question has plagued several professional generations of politicians, policymakers, experts and campaigners since the early 1970s. Questions of what is known, who knows, who cares, who to trust and what to do about this complex problem have been the source of scientific, policy, and increasingly vociferous public debate ever since. This book integrates contemporary history, science and technology studies, human-animal relations, and policy research to conduct a cross-cutting analysis. It explores the worldviews of those involved with animal health, disease ecology and badger protection between the 1970s and 1990s, before reintegrating them to investigate the recent public polarisation of the controversy. Finally it asks how we might move beyond the current impasse.



About the authors

Angela Cassidy is a Lecturer in the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR), University of Exeter, UK. She works across the history and social studies of science, researching public controversies and policy through an interdisciplinary lens.

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“Dr Cassidy draws pertinent general conclusions about generating policy and mediating the role of the expert in today’s science-sceptic and increasingly polarised society... It is both a useful and original contribution, specifically to the history of zoonotic disease policy, and policy history more generally.” (Helen Bynum, Author of Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis (2012))

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Of Badgers, Bovines and Bacteria

    Pages 3-46

    Cassidy, Angela

  • How the Badger Became Tuberculous

    Pages 47-72

    Cassidy, Angela

  • Changing Veterinary Knowledge

    Pages 75-117

    Cassidy, Angela

  • Pest Control and Ecology

    Pages 119-159

    Cassidy, Angela

  • Protecting the Badger?

    Pages 161-201

    Cassidy, Angela

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19186-3
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 29,12 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19185-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vermin, Victims and Disease
Book Subtitle
British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19186-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19186-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19185-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 366
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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