A Bug's Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management

Ian Graham Ronald Shaw, Paul F. Robbins, John Paul Jones

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

78 Scopus citations


This article uses the theory of Gilles Deleuze to address the disjuncture between (1) the mechanical, chemical, and thermal processes of transduction that determine the biogeographical life of the mosquito; and (2) the spatialities of historic and contemporary management strategies. The history of mosquito management reveals two operative spatial ontologies, one an immanent horizontalism underwriting an intimate strategy of detection and destruction of breeding sites, the other a transcendent verticalism appropriate for the partitioning of space in support of widespread chemical spraying of adult populations. We find that two institutions in contemporary, mosquito-rich Arizona-the Pima County Health Department and Maricopa County Vector Control-are representative of this split in management. In this article we attempt to account for the observed interagency differences. Doing so, we suggest, requires an assemblage theory that brings together managers, institutions, and sociocultural-environmental-technological-political contexts with the flights of the mosquito itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-392
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Assemblage theory
  • Deleuze
  • Integrated vector management
  • Mosquito
  • Spatial ontology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'A Bug's Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this