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Governing moth and man: political strategies to manage demands for spraying
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2010 (English)In: Études rurales, ISSN 0014-2182, no 185, p. 149-162Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the political process for handling the outbreak of an insect causing human allergic reactions. Given the human nuisance and possible long-term damage to the tourist industry, the affected populace demanded spraying to reduce and control the insect population. However, there were warnings against such a treatment because of gaps in knowledge of its wider ecological consequences, not least its effects on biodiversity.Key actors were interviewed to investigate their understanding of the problem and how they tried to make it governable. The point of departure is that regulation not only governs specific objects, but is also deeply involved in their construction. The empirical analysis investigates involved actors’ conceptualizations of the problem and the proposed remedy. Despite local residents’ demands for spraying, public agencies took no substantial action to control the insect population, but instead deliberately acted to manage the local population’s claim-making. Thus, what took place was a process of governing not just moths, but men too.

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2010. no 185, p. 149-162
Keywords [en]
spraying, environmental regulation, risk, biological intervention
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12152DiVA, id: diva2:355877
Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-10-08 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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