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Buzz Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee

Lisa Jean Moore 1967- Mary Kosut

2013

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  • Title:
    Buzz Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee
  • Author: Lisa Jean Moore 1967-
  • Mary Kosut
  • Description: Catching the Buzz : Introduction -- Buzzing for Bees : From Model Insect to Urban Beekeeping -- Save the Bees : Colony Collapse Disorder and the Greening of the Bee -- Being with Bees : Intimate Entanglements Between Humans and Insects -- Domestic Entanglements with Bees : Sex and Gender -- Breeding Good Citizens : All American Insects -- Busy Bees : The Deployment of Bees -- Beyond Buzz : Becoming Bee Centered.
    "Bees are essential for human survival--one-third of all food on American dining tables depends on the labor of bees. Beyond pollination, the very idea of the bee is ubiquitous in our culture: we can feel buzzed; we can create buzz; we have worker bees, drones, and Queen bees; we establish collectives and even have communities that share a hive-mind. In Buzz, authors Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut convincingly argue that the power of bees goes beyond the food cycle, bees are our mascots, our models, and, unlike any other insect, are both feared and revered. In this fascinating account, Moore and Kosut travel into the land of urban beekeeping in New York City, where raising bees has become all the rage. We follow them as they climb up on rooftops, attend beekeeping workshops and honey festivals, and even put on full-body beekeeping suits and open up the hives. In the process, we meet a passionate, dedicated, and eclectic group of urban beekeepers who tend to their brood with an emotional and ecological connection that many find restorative and empowering. Kosut and Moore also interview professional beekeepers and many others who tend to their bees for their all-important production of a food staple: honey. The artisanal food shops that are so popular in Brooklyn are a perfect place to sell not just honey, but all manner of goods: soaps, candles, beeswax, beauty products, and even bee pollen. Buzz also examines media representations of bees, such as children's books, films, and consumer culture, bringing to light the reciprocal way in which the bee and our idea of the bee inform one another. Partly an ethnographic investigation and partly a meditation on the very nature of human/insect relations, Moore and Kosut argue that how we define, visualize, and interact with bees clearly reflects our changing social and ecological landscape, pointing to how we conceive of and create culture, and how, in essence, we create ourselves. Lisa Jean Moore is a feminist medical sociologist and Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. Mary Kosut is Associate Professor of Media, Society and the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York. In the Biopolitics series"--
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (252 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 0-8147-6307-3
  • Subjects: NATURE / Ecology; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban; Human-animal relationships -- United States; Honeybee -- Effect of human beings on -- United States; Honeybee -- Social aspects -- United States; Honeybee -- United States; Bee culture -- United States; Bee products -- New York (State) -- New York; Honeybee -- New York (State) -- New York; Beekeepers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography; Urban bee culture -- New York (State) -- New York; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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