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Buzz
Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee
Series: Biopolitics
Creators: Lisa Jean Moore, Mary Kosut
Publisher: NYU Press
Pub. date: 09/27/2013
Lib. SRP: 133.50 USD
Ret. SRP: 133.50 USD
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
ISBN: 9780814763070
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 3996 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Sociology, Nonfiction
Keywords:
   urban
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Short Description:
   

"Buzz is a fascinating reminder of the interconnections between humans and animals, even in that most urban of environments, New York City." —Gary Alan Fine, author of Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

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...

Full Description:
   

"Buzz is a fascinating reminder of the interconnections between humans and animals, even in that most urban of environments, New York City." —Gary Alan Fine, author of Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

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

Reviews:
  Publisher's Weekly
     

August 12, 2013
Noticing a marked uptick in the number of times bees or locally produced honey was mentioned by friends and coworkers, SUNY-Purchase professors Moore and Kosut were determined to see what the fuss was about and enrolled in a six-month class on urban beekeeping. Beginning with a meandering introduction, the duo dig through the subject with an attention to detail only a tenured academic can provide. Ruminations on what it means to be a hipster, dissections of the two types of beekeepers (“initially referred to as the rational/scientific and naturalist/backwards paradigms”), and a clinical assessment of branding and marketing are dry and long-winded. This consistently arid approach may make the book valuable in an academic setting, but those interested in the topic will likely find their eyes glazing over as they wonder “is this going to be on the final?”

Creator Marketing:
  Lisa Jean Moore     
     

Lisa Jean Moore is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Coordinator of Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid and co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and the forthcoming Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. She is also co-editor of the collection The Body Reader and, with Monica Casper, oversees the series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century for NYU Press.

  Mary Kosut     
     

Mary Kosut is Associate Professor of Media, Society and the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York.

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