From resilience to resistance: Political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance

Kathryn M. Orzech, Mark Nichter

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Abstract

This article investigates the interplay of natural and human systems with reference to the growing global problem of antibiotic resistance. Among the diverse causes of antibiotic resistance, we focus broadly on three related causes: pharmaceutical practice and the liberal consumption of antibiotics, the use of antibiotic-containing products in the home, and the use of antibiotics in commercial animal husbandry and agriculture. We draw a parallel between pesticide and antibiotic resistance and examine whether lessons learned from one case may be applicable to the other. Although our main focus is a microecological analysis examining how humans are changing their environments, our conclusion addresses larger implications of this problem for global health. Through the theoretical lens of political ecology, we ask how we may address the "tragedy of the antibiotic commons" through public education and consumer activism as well as global health governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Anthropology
Pages267-282
Number of pages16
Volume37
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Anthropology
Volume37
ISSN (Print)00846570

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animal husbandry
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public education
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environmental policy
pharmaceutical
agriculture
governance

Keywords

  • Antibiotic misuse
  • Global health governance
  • Hygiene hypothesis
  • Tragedy of the commons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies

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Orzech, K. M., & Nichter, M. (2008). From resilience to resistance: Political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance. In Annual Review of Anthropology (Vol. 37, pp. 267-282). (Annual Review of Anthropology; Vol. 37). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.anthro.37.081407.085205

From resilience to resistance : Political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance. / Orzech, Kathryn M.; Nichter, Mark.

Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol. 37 2008. p. 267-282 (Annual Review of Anthropology; Vol. 37).

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Orzech, KM & Nichter, M 2008, From resilience to resistance: Political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance. in Annual Review of Anthropology. vol. 37, Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 37, pp. 267-282. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.anthro.37.081407.085205
Orzech, Kathryn M. ; Nichter, Mark. / From resilience to resistance : Political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance. Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol. 37 2008. pp. 267-282 (Annual Review of Anthropology).
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