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Pandemics, Publics, and Politics

Staging Responses to Public Health Crises

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  • Uniquely describes the distinctive preconditions for pandemic preparedness and response in our time

  • Provides accessibly written and succinct perspectives on a still under-explored aspect of public health preparedness

  • Valuable resource for researchers in medical humanities, medical anthropology, sociology of health and medicine, as well as researchers within public health studies

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Pandemics, Publics, and Politics—Staging Responses to Public Health Crises

    • Kristian Bjørkdahl, Benedicte Carlsen
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. Enacting Pandemics: How Health Authorities Use the Press—And Vice Versa

    • Kristian Bjørkdahl, Benedicte Carlsen
    Pages 43-58Open Access
  4. “Disease Knows No Borders”: Pandemics and the Politics of Global Health Security

    • Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée, Sonja Kittelsen
    Pages 59-73Open Access
  5. When Authority Goes Viral: Digital Communication and Health Expertise on pandemi.no

    • Kristian Bjørkdahl, Tone Druglitrø
    Pages 75-91Open Access

About this book

Pandemics are potentially very destructive phenomena, and for that reason, they both fascinate and frighten us. And because they are shot through with uncertainty, they often become sites of contestation and conflict. 

This book presents research on the 2009 pandemic and other public health crises in an attempt to describe and analyze the distinctive challenges that such diseases pose today. Thanks to vaccines, more reliable provision of medical services, more effective means of communication, and a more educated public, some argue we will not see a new Black Plague – or even Spanish Flu – in our time. Today we face new challenges, however, which can both enable diseases to reach pandemic scales and affect our ability to enact an appropriate response. Those include fragmentation of media, tribalization of “knowledge regimes,” the increasingly troubled status of scientific and political expertise, growing cross-continental mobility, as well as the globalization and commercialization of pandemic response systems. These distinctive complexities make the need to stage public action in response to pandemics and other public health crises a crucial problem, on which thousands of human lives hinge. 

This volume consists of a handful of social science and humanities studies of precisely such complexities, and thus offers a much-needed supplement to existing research on pandemics and pandemic response.

Keywords

  • public health crises
  • pandemics
  • preparedness
  • social change
  • communication
  • expertise
  • securitization
  • medical humanities
  • swine flu
  • 2009 H1N1
  • COVID-19

Reviews

“An insightful and approachable reference for scholars, researchers, and teachers who are interested in the study of pandemics and pandemic communication. And meanwhile it serves as an excellent reference for master and doctoral students.” (Gaotong Li and Gaoxin Li, International Journal of Communication, Vol. 14, 2020)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Uni Research Rokkan Centre, Bergen, Norway

    Kristian Bjørkdahl, Benedicte Carlsen

About the editors

Kristian Bjørkdahl is senior researcher at Uni Research Rokkan Centre, in Bergen, Norway.

Benedicte Carlsen is research leader and research professor at the Uni Research Rokkan Centre, in Bergen, Norway.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Pandemics, Publics, and Politics

  • Book Subtitle: Staging Responses to Public Health Crises

  • Editors: Kristian Bjørkdahl, Benedicte Carlsen

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2802-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-2801-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-2802-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 91

  • Topics: Medical Sociology, Medical Anthropology, Health Sciences

Buying options

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USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-13-2802-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)