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Calculating nature: the case of badgers, bovine tuberculosis and cattle

Enticott, Gareth ORCID: 2001. Calculating nature: the case of badgers, bovine tuberculosis and cattle. Journal of Rural Studies 17 (2) , pp. 149-164. 10.1016/S0743-0167(00)00051-6

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The aim of the paper is to examine the governmentalities associated with attempts to manage nature. In particular, it assesses the role that numbers have played in rural governance. Numbers are seen as an important tool of modern government. However, like other aspects of science, their use in governing nature has been contested by other epistemologies. Drawing upon efforts to regulate the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, the paper firstly examines how numbers have been used in this policy debate. Secondly, the paper outlines three epistemologies of nature — nature as numbers, nature as known and ecological nature — which have been employed in contesting government policy. Finally the paper concludes by analysing the interactions of these knowledges of nature and considering the voice of the badger in these constructions of its identity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:10

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