Contagion: Health, Fear, Sovereignty

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Bruce Magnusson, Zahi Zalloua
University of Washington Press, Sep 1, 2012 - Social Science - 184 pages
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Over many decades, "contagion" has been a metaphor of choice for everything from global terrorism, suicide bombings, poverty, immigration, global financial crises, human rights, fast food, obesity, divorce, and homosexuality. Essays examine the language of epidemiology used in the war on terror, the repressive effects of global disease surveillance, and films and novels that enact the perplexities of contagion in a global context. Fear of microbial disaster becomes a framework for larger questions about the nature and location of sovereignty and the related questions of contact and hygienic isolation, fear and invisibility, the hazards of sociability, the security of surveillance, and what a healthy security might mean. Utilizing the cross-disciplinary approach of global studies, contagion emerges as a vexed trope for globalization itself.


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Introduction The Hydra of Contagion Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua
1 Rethinking the War on Terror New Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Management in the Post911 World Paul B Stares and Mona Yacoubian
2 Epidemic Intelligence Toward a Genealogy of Global Health Security Andrew Lakoff
3 The Aesthetic Emergency of the Avian Flu Affect Geoffrey Whitehall
4 Bio Terror Hybridity in the Biohorror Narrative or What We Can Learn from Our Monsters Priscilla Wald
5 Contagion Contamination and Don DeLillos PostCold War WorldSystem Steps toward a Haptical Theory of Culture Christian Moraru
6 Contagion of Intellectual Traditions in Post911 Novels Alberto S Galindo
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Bruce Magnusson is associate professor of politics and the director of global studies and Zahi Zalloua is associate professor of French and general studies, both at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Contributors Alberto S. Galindo, assistant professor of Spanish, Whitman College Andrew Lakoff, associate professor of anthropology, communications, and sociology at the University of Southern California Christian Moraru, professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations Priscilla Wald, professor of English and women's studies at Duke University Geoffrey Whitehall, associate professor of political science at Acadia University, Nova Scotia Mona Yacoubian, special adviser to the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the U.S. Institute of Peace

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