Profit, plague and poultry: The intra-active worlds of highly pathogenic avian flu

Radical Philosophy 139 (2006)
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In 2006 we awoke, in Europe at least, to the odd situation in which twitchers – obsessive birdwatchers who spend much of their leisure time on the far-flung edges of countries – are being reinvented as the eyes and ears of the state, helping warn of new border incursions. These incursions are posited as taking an avian form that may bring with it very unwelcome pathogens. Everyday avian observations and knowledges of migratory routes are being reinvented as a kind of border patrol, a first line of veterinary surveillance.

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Chris Wilbert
Anglia Ruskin University


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