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The Microgeography Of Infestation In Relationship Spaces

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This chapter focuses on stories where the vermin demonstrate their agency and actively participate with humans in the habiting of space. In texts where vermin have agency, they utilize this agency usually in competition, but sometimes in concert with their human co-habitants, by inserting themselves not only into the space, but also into the relationships embodied in the space. In contrast to texts of conflict, which focus on the destructive and contaminating nature of vermin, texts of cooperation represent the animals as being no less powerful, but as being creatures of rejuvenation that bring life from death. Although experts in integrated pest management may describe infestations in terms of their "aesthetic injury levels," vermin are shown to have their own unique beauty.

Keywords: human inhabitants; infestation; pest management; social relationship; verminous creatures



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