Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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As a truly collaborative project, we have worked together by immers-ing ourselves for more than three years in the world of beekeeping in New York City. But the collaboration goes well beyond the work of two sociologists; Buzz is made possible through the intra- and interspecies minglings around and beyond the metropolis. This project could not ...
1. Catching the Buzz: Introduction
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As long-term New York City residents, neither of us would consider ourselves to be huge animal lovers or nature enthusiasts. We go on occasional hikes or camping trips to escape the city, but there is always something strangely comforting about driving back into the metropolis and feeling the energy of the city—the architecture, the noises, and the ...
2. Buzzing for Bees: From Model Insect to Urban Beekeeping
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Sun has been relentless and angry all day. Everything is too hot to touch and radiating energy, the door to my apartment, the car steering wheel, the sidewalks. I feel the metal of the subway turnstile through my t-shirt, warm and greasy, probably lubricated by the sweat of a few mil-lion neighbors. Meeting some beekeepers in Brooklyn at 7, no reprieve ...
3. Saving the Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder and the Greening of the Bee
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Chances are that you have heard something about the bees’ plight and the ominous phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Begin-ning around 2006, CCD has been reported and documented extensively in the American media, reaching wide-ranging audiences and igniting an ecopolitical buzz around the honeybee. The story of CCD has been ...
4. Being with Bees: Intimate Engagements between Humans and Insects
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Worker bees can live from four to nine months during the winter, but the average life span of a worker bee in summer ranges only six to eight weeks. Aside from the queen, who may live to be several years old, bees’ lives are fairly abbreviated when compared to other species. Elephants and certain parrots live up to seventy years, and ...
5. Entangling with Bees: Sex and Gender
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As you might expect, the walls of Sunflower Academy in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, are covered with letters, numbers, shapes, and col-ors arranged in a slightly frenzied yet organized manner. Once you’ve entered and turned to face the cubbyholes, you are met by smiling, cheer-ful yellow and black bees that adorn the walls, with the date and days of ...
6. Breeding Good Citizens: All-American Insects
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In spring 2011 in New York City, tens of thousands of bees collectively decided to vacate their hives in search of a more amenable place to live. Flying together in mutable bunches that can resemble a revolving insect tornado, swarms of bees ended up at a BP gas station in Brooklyn, a yellow barrier on the Lower East Side, and a mailbox in Little Italy (just ...
7. Deploying Bees: The Work of Busy Bees
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Arriving at Rockaway Beach in Queens at precisely the same time, we the boardwalk, we are filled with the excitement of urban research-ers out of their normal gritty habitat. We are on a break from the “field” of rooftops, postage-stamp-sized backyards, cement-enclosed areas. The beach, misty with shore breezes and replete with wet-suited ...
8. Becoming Bee Centered: Beyond Buzz
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We entered the field with the desire to understand our fellow urbanites in their yearning to “connect with nature” through gardening, chickens, politan farmers’ markets. In sociology speak, beekeeping was a “doable project.” We established our entrée with a diverse community of bee-keepers eager to share their stories. We had access to a variety of field ...
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About the Authors
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Lisa Jean Moore is a feminist medical sociologist at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her previous work explores human bod-ies and body parts and fluids in sociocultural contexts. She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with her husband, Paisley Currah, and their three daughters, two dogs, three fish, and two Xenopus (aquatic frogs)....
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Publication Year: 2013