Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement

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Univ of California Press, Aug 22, 2014 - Medical - 269 pages
Dengue fever is the world’s most prevalent mosquito-borne illness, but Alex Nading argues that people in dengue-endemic communities do not always view humans and mosquitoes as mortal enemies. Drawing on two years of ethnographic research in urban Nicaragua and challenging current global health approaches to animal-borne illness, Mosquito Trails tells the story of a group of community health workers who struggle to come to terms with dengue epidemics amid poverty, political change, and economic upheaval. Blending theory from medical anthropology, political ecology, and science and technology studies, Nading develops the concept of “the politics of entanglement” to describe how Nicaraguans strive to remain alive to the world around them despite global health strategies that seek to insulate them from their environments. This innovative ethnography illustrates the continued significance of local environmental histories, politics, and household dynamics to the making and unmaking of a global pandemic.
 

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Contents

Map of Ciudad Sandino
1
Patrons Clients and Parasites
61
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63
part two bodies
87
Health Center
97
Mosquitos Madres y Moradores
115
Brigadistas pasando revista
120
part three knowledge
141
Dengue Season in the City of Emergencies
170
Conclusion
200
Notes
209
Bibliography
241
Index
261
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Alex M. Nading is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College.

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