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Plagues and epidemics : infected spaces past and present / edited by D. Ann Herring and Alan C. Swedlund
Bib ID 4983193
Format BookBook
Edition English ed. 
Description Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2010 
xii, 417 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781847885487

Wenner-Gren Center international symposium series.


"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 modelling 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"-- Provided by publisher.

Full contents
  • Plagues and epidemics in anthropological perspective / D. Ann Herring and Alan C. Swedlung
  • Ecosyndemics : global warming and the coming plagues of the twenty-first century / Merrill Singer
  • Pressing plagues : on the mediated communicability of virtual epidemics / Charles L. Briggs
  • On creating epidemics, plagues and other wartime alarums and excursions : enumerating versus estimating civilian mortality in Iraq / James Trostle
  • Avian influenza and the third epidemiological transition / Ron Barrett
  • Deconstructing an epidemic : cholera in Gibraltar / Lawrence A. Sawchuk
  • The end of plague : TB in New Zealand / Judith Littleton, Julie Park and Linda Bryder / Epidemics and time : influenza and tuberculosis during and after the 1918-19 pandemic / Andrew Noymer
  • Everyday mortality in the time of plague : ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances in Massachusetts before and during the 1918 flu epidemic
  • Alan C. Swedlund
  • The coming plague of avian influenza / D. Ann Herring and Stacy Lockerbie

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Epidemics -- History.  |  Plague -- History.  |  Famines -- History.  |  Environmentally induced diseases.  |  Disease Outbreaks -- history -- Congresses.  |  Communicable Diseases -- history  |  Starvation -- history -- Congresses.
Other authors/contributors Herring, Ann, 1951-  |  Swedlund, Alan C


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