Cumbrian Sheep in 2001
John Law and Annemarie Mol
Material Agency 2008
This chapter analyses the question of agency considering the animal agency of Cumbrian sheep in the uprising of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK in 2001. The article explores the conditions required for an actor to be able to act as such. In that direction it shifts the usual meaning of the concept of actor separating it from the anthropocentric model and making it distant from the ideas of “intentionality” and “dominance” to emphasise how actors not only act, but they are habilitated and produced as such as a result of complex relations with other actors. That is, to become actors they have to be enacted. To do so, the article analyses some of the multiple forms in which Cumbrian sheep were enacted in the context of the uprising of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001. Finally the article considers what types of agency perform the Cumbrian sheep in each of them.View Publication >
The latest commentary on the use of antimicrobials in society.
Antimicrobials are central to many contemporary forms of care and production for humans, animals, plants and even objects – clothing,...
Social Science and AMR Research Symposium: Event
The AMIS Programme hosted a work-in-progress symposium and networking event on 10 September 2018, at the British Academy.
Welcome to the AMIS Hub!
The story of ‘How do we get patients to stop demanding antibiotics?' to where we are now.