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(Bee)coming Revolution: an environmental study with local beekeepers in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I study how the relationships between beekeepers and bees have evolved

over time in the region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and how the beekeepers have

experienced the environmental changes in this region over time. Bees and beekeeping

practices generate important incomes for rural communities in Rio Grande do Sul, but

also, they support agricultural systems through pollinating crops and increasing plants

nutritional value. Inspired by historical ecology and multispecies narratives I explore how

the human-bee relationships have been developed throughout history. Based on

interviews and using the narrative tool of storytelling we meet the different beekeeper’s

thoughts and perceptions when it comes to their relations and motivations in keeping

bees. Furthermore, this thesis also explores the challenges and opportunities described by

the interviewed beekeepers, by comparing past historical changes and present-day

debates around the bees. Landscape changes, loss of biodiversity and overuse of

pesticides in agricultural crops have affected the wellbeing of the bees. The obstacles and

organisations of beekeeper’s are also considered. Beekeeping is discussed as a way to

create ecological awareness and is promoted as a way to increase not just bee’s wellbeing

living in Rio Grande do Sul, but also create better dialogues among different actors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Bees, Beekeeping, Biodiversity, Human-Bee Relations, Rio Grande do Sul, Environmental Changes, Ecological Awareness.
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388340DiVA, id: diva2:1332660
Subject / course
Global Environmental History
Educational program
Master Programme in Global Environmental History
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