The ins and outs of biosecurity: Bird ’flu in East Anglia and the spatial representation of risk

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dc.contributor.author Nerlich, Brigitte
dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J.
dc.contributor.author Wright, Nick
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-28T10:25:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-28T10:25:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-25
dc.identifier.citation Nerlich, B., Brown, B. & Wright, N. (2009) The 'ins and outs' of biosecurity: Bird flu in East Anglia and the spatial representation of risk, Sociologia Ruralis 49 (4): pp. 344-359. en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-0199
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2623
dc.description.abstract Avian influenza, or ‘bird ’flu’ arrived in Norfolk in April 2006 in the form of the low pathogenic strain H7N3. In February 2007 a highly pathogenic strain, H5N1, which can pose a risk to humans, was discovered in Suffolk. We examine how a local newspaper reported the outbreaks, focusing on the linguistic framing of biosecurity. Consistent with the growing concern with securitisation among policymakers, issues were discussed in terms of space (indoor–outdoor; local–global; national–international) and flows (movement, barriers and vectors) between spaces (farms, sheds and countries). The apportioning of blame along the lines of ‘them and us’ – Hungary and England – was tempered by the reporting on the Hungarian operations of the British poultry company. Explanations focused on indoor and outdoor farming and alleged breaches of biosecurity by the companies involved. As predicted by the idea of securitisation, risks were formulated as coming from outside the supposedly secure enclaves of poultry production. en
dc.description.sponsorship The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the ESRC (research grant no. RES-000-23-1306) for the project ‘Talking cleanliness in health and agriculture’ of which this paper forms a part. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley Blackwell en
dc.subject infection en
dc.subject avian flu en
dc.subject communication en
dc.subject risk en
dc.subject biosecurity en
dc.title The ins and outs of biosecurity: Bird ’flu in East Anglia and the spatial representation of risk en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2009.00488.x
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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