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Plagues and Epidemics

Infected Spaces Past and Present

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Description

Until recently, plagues were thought to belong in the ancient past. Now there are deep worries about global pandemics. This book presents views from anthropology about this much publicized and complex problem. The authors take us to places where epidemics are erupting, waning, or gone, and to other places where they have not yet arrived, but where a frightening story line is already in place. They explore public health bureaucracies and political arenas where the power lies to make decisions about what is, and is not, an epidemic. They look back into global history to uncover disease trends and look ahead to a future of expanding plagues within the context of climate change. The chapters are written from a range of perspectives, from the science of modeling epidemics to the social science of understanding them. Patterns emerge when people are engulfed by diseases labeled as epidemics but which have the hallmarks of plague. There are cycles of shame and blame, stigma, isolation of the sick, fear of contagion, and end-of-the-world scenarios. Plague, it would seem, is still among us.

Author Biography

D. Ann Herring is Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University, Canada. Alan C. Swedlund is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Contributors
Edited by Alan C. Swedlund Edited by D. Ann Herring
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
40 b&w illustrations
Imprint
Berg Publishers
Pages
416
Dimensions
156x234x28
ISBN-13
9781847885487
Product ID
4020355

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