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Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City

S. Harris Ali (Editor), Roger Keil (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-9911-0
384 pages
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A collection of writings by leading experts and newer researchers on the SARS outbreak and its relation to infectious disease management in progressively global and urban societies.
  • Presents original contributions by scholars from seven countries on four continents
  • Connects newer thinking on global cities, networks, and governance in a post-national era of public health regulations and neo-liberalization of state services
  • Provides an important contribution to the global public debate on the challenges of emerging infectious disease in cities
  • Examines the impact of globalization on future infectious disease threats on international and local politics and culture
  • Focuses on the ways pathogens interact with economic, political and social factors, ultimately presenting a threat to human development and global cities
  • Employs an interdisciplinary approach to the SARS epidemic, clearly demonstrating the value of social scientific perspectives on the study of modern disease in a globalized world
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Notes on Contributors.

Series Editors' Preface.

Preface.

Introduction: Networked Disease (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

Part I: Infectious Disease and Globalized Urbanization.

Introduction (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

1 Toward a Dialectical Understanding of Networked Disease in the Global City: Vulnerability, Connectivity, Topologies (Estair Van Wagner).

2 Health and Disease in Global Cities: A Neglected Dimension of National Health Policy (Victor G. Rodwin).

Part II: SARS and Health Governance in the Global City: Toronto, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Introduction (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

3 SARS and the Restructuring of Health Governance in Toronto (Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali).

4 Globalization of SARS and Health Governance in Hong Kong under "One Country, Two Systems" (Mee Kam Ng).

5 Surveillance in a Globalizing City: Singapore's Battle against SARS (Peggy Teo, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Shir Nee Ong).

Part III: The Cultural Construction of Disease in the Global City.

Introduction (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

6 The Troubled Public Sphere and Media Coverage of the 2003 Toronto SARS Outbreak (Daniel Drache and David Clifton).

7 SARS as a "Health Scare" (Claire Hooker).

8 City under Siege: Authoritarian Toleration, Mask Culture, and the SARS Crisis in Hong Kong (Peter Baehr).

9 "Racism is a Weapon of Mass Destruction": SARS and the Social Fabric of Urban Multiculturalism (Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali).

Part IV: Re-Emerging Infectious Disease, Urban Public Health, and Global Biosecurity.

Introduction (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

10 Deadly Alliances: Death, Disease, and the Global Politics of Public Health (Matthew Gandy).

11 Tuberculosis and the Anxieties of Containment (Susan Craddock).

12 Networks, Disease, and the Utopian Impulse (Nicholas B. King).

13 People, Animals, and Biosecurity in and through Cities (Steve Hinchliffe and Nick Bingham).

Part V: Networked Disease: Theoretical Approaches.

Introduction (S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil).

14 SARS as an Emergent Complex: Toward a Networked Approach to Urban Infectious Disease (S. Harris Ali).

15 Thinking the City through SARS: Bodies, Topologies, Politics (Bruce Braun).

16 Vapors, Viruses, Resistance(s): The Trace of Infection in the Work of Michel Foucault (Philipp Sarasin).

17 Fleshy Traffic, Feverish Borders: Blood, Birds, and Civet Cats in Cities Brimming with Intimate Commodities (Paul Jackson).

Concluding Remarks (Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali).

Bibliography.

Index.

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S. Harris Ali is a trained Environmental Sociologist and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. His research interests involve the study of environmental health issues and the sociology of disasters and risk from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has published on toxic contamination events and disease outbreaks in such journals as Social Problems, Social Science and Medicine, The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Journal of Canadian Public Policy.

Roger Keil is the Director of the City Institute, and Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University, Toronto. His publications include Los Angeles: Urbanization, Globalization and Social Struggles; Nature and the City: Making Environmental Policy in Toronto and Los Angeles; and The Global Cities Reader. Keil is the co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and a member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action.

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  • Presents original contributions by scholars from seven countries on four continents
  • Connects newer thinking on global cities, networks, and governance in a post-national era of public health regulations and neo-liberalization of state services
  • Provides an important contribution to the global public debate on the challenges of emerging infectious disease in cities
  • Examines the impact of globalization on future infectious disease threats on international and local politics and culture
  • Focuses on the ways pathogens interact with economic, political, and social factors, ultimately presenting a threat to human development and global cities
See More
?Much interesting material and probing analysis can be found in this text, which is suitable for graduate students and academics concerned with the intersection between cities and health.? (Canadian Journal of Sociology, Summer 2009)

?This is a unique book that examines emerging infectious diseases through the lens of sociologists and would be an interesting reference for public-health practitioners, travel-health experts, infectious disease physicians, sociologists, and political scientists.? (The Lancet.com, October 2009)

"In this unique and invaluable reconstruction of how the deadly SARS virus hitchhiked from China to Canada in 2002?03, we are squarely confronted with the enormous inadvertent biological consequences of economic globalization and the emergence of so-called 'world cities'."
Mike Davis, University of California, Irvine



"As both an urban/environmental sociologist and resident of Toronto during the 2003 SARS crisis, I have the highest praise for Networked Disease. The contributors have done a masterful job identifying the practical and theoretical challenges associated with the global spread of emerging infectious diseases. This cutting edge material should seriously engage academics, students, and practitioners in social geography, urban studies, public health, and environmental sociology."
John Hannigan, University of Toronto

"In this unique and invaluable reconstruction of how the deadly SARS virus hitchhiked from China to Canada in 2002–03, we are squarely confronted with the enormous inadvertent biological consequences of economic globalization and the emergence of so-called 'world cities'."
Mike Davis, University of California, Irvine

"As both an urban/environmental sociologist and resident of Toronto during the 2003 SARS crisis, I have the highest praise for Networked Disease. The contributors have done a masterful job identifying the practical and theoretical challenges associated with the global spread of emerging infectious diseases. This cutting edge material should seriously engage academics, students, and practitioners in social geography, urban studies, public health, and environmental sociology."
John Hannigan, University of Toronto

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