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Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market

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Queen bee. Worker bees. Busy as a bee. These phrases have shaped perceptions of women for centuries, but how did these stereotypes begin? Who are the women who keep bees and what can we learn from them? Beeconomy examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. From Africa to Australia to Asia, women have participated in the pragmatic aspects of honey hunting and in the more advanced skills ...
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Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market

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Overview

Queen bee. Worker bees. Busy as a bee. These phrases have shaped perceptions of women for centuries, but how did these stereotypes begin? Who are the women who keep bees and what can we learn from them? Beeconomy examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. From Africa to Australia to Asia, women have participated in the pragmatic aspects of honey hunting and in the more advanced skills associated with beekeeping as hive technology has advanced through the centuries.

Synthesizing the various aspects of hive-related products, such as beewax and cosmetics, as well as the more specialized skills of queen production and knowledge-based economies of research and science, noted bee expert Tammy Horn documents how and why women should consider being beekeepers. The women profiled in the book suggest ways of managing careers, gender discrimination, motherhood, marriage, and single-parenting—all while enjoying the community created by women who work with honey bees. Horn finds in beekeeping an opportunity for a new sustainable economy, one that takes into consideration environment, children, and family needs.

Beeconomy not only explores globalization, food history, gender studies, and politics; it is a collective call to action.
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"In these pages, Tammy Horn takes you on a global, first class ride that explores the geography, history, culture, economy and influence of the beekeepers of the world who raise both bees and children—women. Horn has gathered all in one place the special, shining examples of the thousands of beekeeping heroines that have been mostly over looked in the histories written by men. Finally, the women are all in the light."—Kim Flottum, author of Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees and editor of Bee Culture magazine" —

"This unique book tells the story of women in the world of honey bees and beekeeping, from historical times to today and across every continent."—Francis Ratnieks, Sussex University" —

" Beeconomy examines the fasciniating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world... The women profiled in the book suggest ways of managing careers, gender discrimination, motherhood, marriage and single parenting—all while enjoying the community created by women who work with honeybees." — Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass Region" —

"In this engaging, deeply researched investigation of the interplay between women and beekeeping, Horn goes beyond looking at hive-related products like beeswax, honey, and cosmetics, and explores the potential for beekeeping to change family dynamics and even the global economy." — ForeWord Magazine" —

"Horn's Beeconomy opens a window on the world of beekeeping and female beekeepers."— Lexington Herald-Leader" —

"In this engaging, deeply researched investigation of the interplay between women and beekeeping, Horn goes beyond looking at hive-related products like beeswax, honey, and cosmetics, and explores the potential for beekeeping to change family dynamics and even the global economy."— ForeWord" —

" Beeconomy encompasses mythology, social history and a celebration of the roles of women beekeepers and researchers around the world."— American Bee Journal" —

"This is the first book of its kind to examine the evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world and explains why women should consider becoming beekeepers. It makes fascinating reading."— Bee Craft" —

" Beeconomy is a well-researched comment on the role of women and feminity in society.... Tammy proves that beekeeping is not only something women can do well, it's something women have been doing for centuries and should continue to do, for themselves, for their community, for the environment, for the global economy."— New Zealand Beekeeper" —

"Takes a clear and analytical approach to the factors that have brought women into beekeeping and in some cases held them back from participating in apiculture. It balances the evidence and very clearly, and very correctly, puts forward the case for more female involvement."— Bee World" —

"Fresh and original.... Horn has read and travelled widely — across five continents — to create this social account of beekeeping."— Bees for Development Journal" —

"Most important, Horn relates the evolution of women in the industry from marginalized beekeepers to managers of successful apicultural systems and scientists developing industrial agriculture."— Courier-Journal" —

"Beeconomy takes us on a world tour from the rise of civilization to the present, tracing the intertwined role of women and the role of honeybees as essential for a sustainable society. Read it."— Indiana Living Green" —

Library Journal
Horn (apiculture, Eastern Kentucky Univ.; Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation) finds her starting point in Egypt, with the first recorded instance of bees. The book then follows the migration of honey bees and the development of beekeeping from Africa to India, the rest of Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, and finally South America. Along the way, Horn covers the culture, religion, and history of each area as it relates to beekeeping and women's roles in apiculture. Political and economic forces that affect women and apiculture in each country are traced in this quotation-heavy, densely footnoted text. Factual sidebars often give additional information on topics of interest. Women important to the development of beekeeping in their respective countries are also frequently highlighted. The book is at its most interesting when it addresses unusual or little-known facts about apiculture. VERDICT Best for those passionate about beekeeping or women's rights; casual readers may find it a bit too technical and dry to take in.—Bonnie A. Tollefson, Cleveland Bradley Cty. P.L., TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813134352
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,288,303
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammy Horn was raised with beekeepers on both sides of her family. She is the director of Coal Country Beeworks, a multi-service project in which surface mine sites are reclaimed with pollinator habitat in eastern Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    A Different Take on the Beekeeping World

    A Different Take on the Beekeeping World

    I have kept bees since the 1970s and have read quite a few books about the subject. This is definitely worth buying if you are interested in the human side of keeping bees. What attracts people to bees, anyway? The answer to that question varies widely and in this book you will meet women who can answer the question each in her own way.

    It's true that it used to be when someone said beekeeper, it conjured up a picture of an old guy with a beard and a smudge pot, surrounded by bees. But these days almost everyone has seen pictures of just about any sort of person with a bee hive, whether in a pasture or on a rooftop. Beekeeping is not just for old guys, and this book proves it with dozens of stories of successful women beekeepers, from professional honey producers to top flight research scientists.

    I recognized many of the players from the late great Eva Crane to the big names of today such as Marla Spivak and Christina Grozinger. But in addition Tammy calls upon lesser known but no less avid beekeepers, all over the world. Highly recommended to beekeepers, women looking for unusual occupations, and anyone interested in a surprising collection of unique stories about real people.

    Peter Borst, Finger Lakes Bee Club, Ithaca NY

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