The 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic in the UK, during which millions of animals were culled over a nine-month period, had a devastating and long-lasting impact on individuals and communities. In 2002 the European Parliament noted that policymakers need to have a better understanding of the social and psychological impact of such events on adults and children, on farmers and non-farmers. Although many studies about FMD have been published since 2001, this is the first to offer a detailed examination of the various ways in which the outbreak affected the fabric of rural life and rural culture across classes and across generations. Drawing on the experiences of farmers, the media, artists, writers, children and churches, this collection provides a space for academic inquiry, political and poetic reflection and artistic expression.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30 mm
"The way in which contributors to this volume interrogate the knowledge-deficit model with reference to cognitive and social linguistics is timely" (Paul R. Gilbert, Agriculture Hum Values 29:275-276, 2012) -- .
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