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Endemic

Essays in Contagion Theory

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Making of a Modern Endemic: An Introduction

    • Lorenzo Servitje, Kari Nixon
    Pages 1-17Open Access
  3. Contagious Culture and Cultures of Contagion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
  4. Theorizing the Politics of Contagion in a Neoliberal World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 143-143
  5. Reconstructing Contagion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 219-219
    2. Dying a Natural Death: Ethics and Political Activism for Endemic Infectious Disease

      • Claire Hooker, Chris Degeling, Paul Mason
      Pages 265-290
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 291-300

About this book

This book develops a new multimodal theoretical model of contagion for interdisciplinary scholars, featuring contributions from influential scholars spanning the fields of medical humanities, philosophy, political science, media studies, technoculture, literature, and bioethics. Exploring the nexus of contagion's metaphorical and material aspects, this volume contends that contagiousness in its digital, metaphorical, and biological forms is a pervasively endemic condition in our contemporary moment. 

The chapters explore both endemicity itself and how epidemic discourse has become endemic to processes of social construction. Designed to simultaneously prime those new to the discourse of humanistic perspectives of contagion, complicate issues of interest to seasoned scholars of science and technology studies, and add new topics for debate and inquiry in the field of bioethics, Endemicwill be of wide interest for researchers and educators.

Keywords

  • STS
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social media
  • Social networks
  • Media studies
  • Semiotics
  • Social theory
  • Virality
  • Disease
  • Medical sociology
  • Medical humanities
  • Cultural studies
  • viruses
  • Ebola
  • Bacteria
  • Discourse

Editors and Affiliations

  • English, Southern Methodist University, USA, Dallas, USA

    Kari Nixon

  • Department of English, University of California Riverside, USA, Riverside, USA

    Lorenzo Servitje

About the editors

Kari Nixon is the Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University, USA. Her work examines the intersection of culture, microbiology, and epidemiology. 

Lorenzo Servitje is a Doctoral Candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside, USA. His work examines the mutual constitution of literature and medicine in the Victorian era, in addition to representation of medical discourse in popular culture.

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 139.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-137-52141-5
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  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)