Journal article

The force of Varroa: Anticipatory experiences in beekeeping biosecurity

Catherine Phillips

Journal of Rural Studies | Elsevier | Published : 2020


In the last decade, in light of unexpected death and disappearance rates, pollinators (especially honey bees) have received increasing attention. This attention includes what Anderson (2010) refers to as anticipatory actions: efforts to predict, prepare for, and even preempt future threats. Research on anticipatory actions has tended to focus on regulatory and macro-political concerns; however, in this paper, how anticipatory actions are experienced by those involved provides orientation. Drawing on ethnographic and policy work on beekeeping biosecurity in Australia, the paper explores how beekeeping is being reconfigured in anticipation of the arrival of a particular agricultural pest: Varr..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Y My thanks, first, to all the beekeepers and bees who allowed me to learn with them. Thanks also for the generous feedback on drafts from David Bissell, Lesley Head, and the journal's reviewers. The initial phase of my beekeeping research was funded by the Australian Research Council (Head: FL0992397).