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Assembling antimicrobial resistance governance in UK animal agriculture

Helliwell, Richard; Morris, Carol; Jones, Stephen

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Richard Helliwell

Stephen Jones


The desire to govern antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animal agriculture has gained renewed prominence in the UK and international policy and practice in response to growing concern about the impact of AMR infections on human and animal health. This article adopts a more-than-human approach inspired by assemblage and biopolitical thinking to explore how diverse actors work to assemble a regime of governance in animal agriculture through their efforts to tackle AMR. How agricultural animals are represented and positioned in this process, and the consequences of these efforts for broader agricultural animal–human relation in UK animal agriculture is also a concern. Qualitative, empirical material is produced from documents published by government, industry organisations, NGOs and retailers. We highlight the negotiated contingencies of actions on AMR in UK animal agriculture and reflect on the limited extent to which they constitute a new front in the regulation of agricultural animals.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 6, 2022
Online Publication Date May 2, 2022
Publication Date 2022-07
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2024
Journal Sociologia Ruralis
Print ISSN 0038-0199
Electronic ISSN 1467-9523
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 3
Pages 587-610
Keywords Sociology and Political Science
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