Pandemics, Publics, and Politics

Staging Responses to Public Health Crises

Editors: Bjørkdahl, Kristian, Carlsen, Benedicte (Eds.)

  • 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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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Pandemics, Publics, and Politics—Staging Responses to Public Health Crises

    Bjørkdahl, Kristian (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Global Health Governance and Pandemics: Uncertainty and Institutional Decision-Making

    Abeysinghe, Sudeepa

    Pages 11-28

  • Uncertainty and Immunity in Public Communications on Pandemics

    Davis, Mark

    Pages 29-42

  • Enacting Pandemics: How Health Authorities Use the Press—And Vice Versa

    Bjørkdahl, Kristian (et al.)

    Pages 43-58

  • “Disease Knows No Borders”: Pandemics and the Politics of Global Health Security

    Bengy Puyvallée, Antoine (et al.)

    Pages 59-73

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Hardcover $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pandemics, Publics, and Politics
Book Subtitle
Staging Responses to Public Health Crises
Editors
  • Kristian Bjørkdahl
  • Benedicte Carlsen
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2802-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2802-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2801-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 91
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