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Disaster in Agriculture, or Foot and Mouth Mobilities.

Law, John (2006) Disaster in Agriculture, or Foot and Mouth Mobilities. Environment and Planning A, 38 (2). pp. 227-239.

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Abstract

This paper is an exploration of the dynamics of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in 2001. Following Perrow’s analysis of the catastrophic breakdown of technological systems, the author treats the UK agricultural system as a set of flows that are both tightly coupled and complex. This suggests that the stability of the agricultural system is precarious, and that when it is disrupted (as it was with the arrival of the foot and mouth virus) the consequences may be large scale and catastrophic. The foot and mouth outbreak, and more generally, aspects of global agriculture, are thus understood as ‘normal accidents’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 3458
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008 16:21
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3458

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