"The message of [Avian Reservoirs
] is both timely and time-honored. The birds and their microbes, like the omens of classical literature, bear witness to a realm of higher truths. We would do well to heed our augurs."--Priscilla Wald "Public Books" (7/3/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"This thought-provoking and brilliant book is no doubt timely. Avian Reservoirs
inspires us to re-examine our relations with animals and techniques of dealing with zoonotic disease."--Justin Lau "LSE Review of Books" (5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"This is a delicious book, fun to read and full of bright sparks of insight. Frédéric Keck compares microbiologists to hunters; he mixes and matches his ontologies in relation to particular scientific practices. The exuberance of comparison makes the experiment work. I find it stimulating and good to think with."--Anna Tsing, coeditor of "Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene"
"In this ethnography of the prevention of bird flu pandemics in Asia, Frédéric Keck dazzlingly interweaves perspectives from the anthropology of sciences and institutions, an account of the modernization of methods of biopower, and a fine-grained analysis of relations between endangered humans and nonhumans in order to show how common values evolve out of their mutual vulnerabilities. A crucial contribution to the reformulation of political rules for the coexistence between different forms of life."--Philippe Descola, Collège de France
Frédéric Keck is Senior Researcher at CNRS, director of the Laboratory for Social Anthropology in Paris, coeditor of The Anthropology of Epidemics
, and author of several books in French.