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Author Biehler, Dawn.

Title Pests in the city : flies, bedbugs, cockroaches, and rats / Dawn Day Biehler.

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 338 pages) : illustrations.
Series Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-308) and index.
Contents History, ecology, and the politics of pests -- The promises of modern pest control -- Flies : agents of interconnection in Progressive Era cities -- Bedbugs : creatures of community in modernizing cities -- German cockroaches : permeable homes in the postwar era -- Norway rats : back-alley ecology in the chemical age -- Persistence and resistance in the age of ecology -- The ecology of injustice : rats in the civil rights era -- Integrating urban homes : cockroaches and survival -- Epilogue: the persistence and resurgence of bedbugs.
Note Print version record.
Summary "From tenements to alleyways to latrines, twentieth-century American cities created spaces where pests flourished and people struggled for healthy living conditions. In Pests in the City, Dawn Day Biehler argues that the urban ecologies that supported pests were shaped not only by the physical features of cities but also by social inequalities, housing policies, and ideas about domestic space. Community activists and social reformers strived to control pests in cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and Milwaukee, but such efforts fell short when authorities blamed families and neighborhood culture for infestations rather than attacking racial segregation or urban disinvestment. Pest-control campaigns tended to target public or private spaces, but pests and pesticides moved readily across the porous boundaries between homes and neighborhoods. This story of flies, bedbugs, cockroaches, and rats reveals that such creatures thrived on lax code enforcement and the marginalization of the poor, immigrants, and people of color. As Biehler shows, urban pests have remained a persistent problem at the intersection of public health, politics, and environmental justice, even amid promises of modernity and sustainability in American cities."--Jacket.
Subject Urban pests.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- General.
Urban pests. (OCoLC)fst01162481
Insectes des villes -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Rongeurs nuisibles -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Insectes nuisibles -- Lutte contre -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Rongeurs -- Lutte contre -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Pest Control.
Urban Health.
Social Environment.
Social Marginalization.
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Other Form: Print version: Biehler, Dawn. Pests in the city 9780295993010 (DLC) 2013019967 (OCoLC)835981202
Standard No. ebc3444551
ISBN 9780295804866 (electronic bk.)
0295804866 (electronic bk.)
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