Vermin, Victims and Disease

British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers

by Angela Cassidy

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Book Description

"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) 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.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Vermin, Victims and Disease ebook for free in PDF format (5.2 MB).

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2019
Pages
375
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030191856
ISBN10
3030191850
ISBN13 Digital
9783030191863
ISBN10 Digital
3030191869
PDF Size
5.2 MB
License
CC BY

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