Buzz : urban beekeeping and the power of the bee

by Moore, Lisa Jean, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction SF524.52.N7 M66 2013
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 638.1092 M78
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Winner, 2014 Distinguished Scholarship Award presented by the Animals & Society section of the American Sociological Association

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two sociologists noticed the growth of urban homesteading and do-it-yourselfism, and at the same time became aware of the rise of beekeeping. There was a shift toward bringing the natural into the urban, and, as they began to sample local honey, compare beeswax candles, and talk to friends who kept bees, they began to feel the buzz (which they compare to a contact high) about bees. What follows is their ethnographic journey through the world of urban beekeeping as they dove into a whole new subculture. Neither was a huge animal lover or nature enthusiast, but as they enrolled in a six-month class on urban beekeeping, set up a pollination plot at the college where they teach, attended lectures by bee scientists, and learned to handle bees, they found that they were transformed through the buzz of bees and the zeitgeist of working with bees. In this fascinating blend of sociology, ecology, ethnographic research, and personal memoir, the authors range through all of the aspects of the human relationship with the honeybee.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Noticing a marked uptick in the number of times bees or locally produced honey was mentioned by friends and coworkers, SUNY-Purchase professors Moore and Kosut were determined to see what the fuss was about and enrolled in a six-month class on urban beekeeping. Beginning with a meandering introduction, the duo dig through the subject with an attention to detail only a tenured academic can provide. Ruminations on what it means to be a hipster, dissections of the two types of beekeepers ("initially referred to as the rational/scientific and naturalist/backwards paradigms"), and a clinical assessment of branding and marketing are dry and long-winded. This consistently arid approach may make the book valuable in an academic setting, but those interested in the topic will likely find their eyes glazing over as they wonder "is this going to be on the final?" (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects 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.
Publisher New York :2013
Contributors Kosut, Mary, author.
Language English
Description x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-235) and index.
ISBN 9780814763063 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0814763065 (cloth : acid-free paper)
9781479827381 (paper : acid-free paper)
147982738X (paper : acid-free paper)
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