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Moore, Lisa Jean, 1967-
Buzz : urban beekeeping and the power of the bee / Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York : New York University Press, [2013]
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 4th Floor  SF524.52.N7 M66 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Urban bee culture -- New York (State) -- New York
Beekeepers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Honeybee -- New York (State) -- New York
Bee products -- New York (State) -- New York
Bee culture -- United States
Honeybee -- United States
Honeybee -- Social aspects -- United States
Honeybee -- Effect of human beings on -- United States
Human-animal relationships -- United States
Physical Description x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Scope and Content "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."--Publisher information
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Catching the buzz : introduction -- Buzzing for bees : from model insect to urban beekeeping -- Saving the bees : colony collapse disorder and the greening of the bee -- Being with bees : intimate engagements between humans and insects -- Entangling with bees : sex and gender -- Breeding good citizens : all-American insects -- Deploying bees : the work of busy bees -- Becoming bee centered : beyond buzz
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Alternate Author Kosut, Mary

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