This edited volume brings together natural scientists, social scientists and humanists to assess if (or how) we may begin to coexist harmoniously with the mosquito. The mosquito is humanity's deadliest animal, killing over a million people each year by transmitting malaria, yellow fever, Zika and several other diseases. Yet of the 3,500 species of mosquito on Earth, only a few dozen of them are really dangerous – so that the question arises as to whether humans and their mosquito foe can learn to live peacefully with one another.
Chapters assess polarizing arguments for conserving and preserving mosquitoes, as well as for controlling and killing them, elaborating on possible consequences of both strategies. This book provides informed answers to the dual question: could we eliminate mosquitoes, and should we? Offering insights spanning the technical to the philosophical, this is the "go to" book for exploring humanity's many relationships with the mosquito – which becomes a journey to finding better ways to inhabit the natural world.
Mosquitopia will be of interest to anyone wanting to explore dependencies between human health and natural systems, while offering novel perspectives to health planners, medical experts, environmentalists and animal rights advocates.
Foreword by Clifford Mutero
Part 1: Could We (Should We) Eliminate Mosquitoes?
1. Killing Mosquitoes? Think before you swat By Marcus Hall & Dan Tamïr
2. The Mosquito: An introduction by Frances M. Hawkes & Richard J. Hopkins
3. Disappearance, Invasion and Resistance: Multispecies ethnography, insect control and loss by Uli Beisel & Carsten Wergin
Part 2: Learning from Experience
4. The Long Arc of Mosquito Control by James Webb, Jr.
5. Domesticated Mosquitoes: Colonization and the growth of mosquito habitats in North America by Urmi Engineer Willoughby
6. Could We / Should We Eradicate Mosquitoes? The case of the yellow fever vector by Nancy Leys Stepan
7. Fighting Nuisance on the Northern Fringe: Controlling mosquitoes in Britain between the World Wars by Peter Coates
Part 3: Know Thy Enemy
8. The Mosquito and Malaria: Would mosquito control alone eliminate the disease? by Willem Takken
9. Living with Mosquitoes in Disease-free Contexts: Attitudes and perceptions of risk in English wetlands by Adriana Ford, Mary Gearey & Tim G. Acott
10. Little one I hold my breath So you can’t find me by Kerry Morrison & Helmut Lemke
Part 4: Know Thyself
11. Enacting Politics with Mosquitoes: Beyond eradication and control by Jean Segata
12. Eradication against Ambivalence by Alex Nading
13. The Innocent Mosquito? The Environmental Ethics of Mosquito Eradication by Anna Wienhues
Part 5: Improving Human-Mosquito Coexistence
14. Mosquito Control: Success, failure and expectation in a context of arboviruses expansion and emergence by Isabelle Dusfour & Sarah C. Chaney
15. Vector Management for Sustainable Diseases Control: Let’s care about our Mosquitome! by Frederic Simard
16. Designer Mosquitoes: Promises and prospects of Gene-edited Mosquitoes for Public Health by Ramya M. Rajagopalan
17. Mosquito Utopias and Dystopias: A concluding dispatch from the front lines by Indra Vythilingam
Afterword By Ashwani Kumar
Marcus Hall is an environmental historian and professor at the University of Zurich. In exploring changing human relationships with the natural world, Hall has turned to such subjects as restoring, rewilding, invasive species, warfare, earth art, chronobiology, malaria, and parasites. His books include Earth Repair, Restoration and History, Crossing Mountains, and (with Marco Armiero) Nature and History in Modern Italy.
Dan Tamïr is an environmental historian and research associate at the University of Zurich. His research examines the global circulation and the local adaptations of ideologies, species and resources. His current research focuses on the global political cooperation in targeting mosquito-borne diseases during the past century.