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Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological Agenda

Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological Agenda

Robert Dingwall (Editor), Lily M. Hoffman (Editor), Karen Staniland (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-55393-0

Jun 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

184 pages



Infectious disease pandemics are a rising threat in our globalizing world. This agenda-setting collection provides international analysis of the pressing sociological concerns they confront us with, from cross-border coordination of public health governance to geopolitical issues of development and social equity.

  • Focuses on vital sociological issues raised by resurgent disease pandemics
  • Detailed analysis of case studies as well as broader, systemic factors
  • Contributions from North America, Europe and Asia provide international perspective
  • Bold, agenda-setting treatment of a high-profile topic

Notes on contributors vii

1 Introduction: why a sociology of pandemics? 1
Robert Dingwall, Lily M. Hoffman and Karen Staniland

2 Public health intelligence and the detection of potential pandemics 8
Martin French and Eric Mykhalovskiy

3 West Nile virus: the production of a public health pandemic 21
Maya K. Gislason

4 Who’s worried about turkeys? How ‘organisational silos’ impede zoonotic disease surveillance 33
Colin Jerolmack

5 How did international agencies perceive the avian infl uenza problem? The adoption and manufacture of the ‘One World, One Health’ framework 46
Yu-Ju Chien

6 Global health risks and cosmopolitisation: from emergence to interference 59
Muriel Figuié

7 The politics of securing borders and the identities of disease 72
Rosemary C.R. Taylor

8 The return of the city-state: urban governance and the New York City H1N1 pandemic 85
Lily M. Hoffman

9 The making of public health emergencies: West Nile virus in New York City 98
Sabrina McCormick and Kristoffer Whitney

10 Using model-based evidence in the governance of pandemics 110
Erika Mansnerus

11 Exploring the ambiguous consensus on public–private partnerships in collective risk preparation 122
Véronique Steyer and Claude Gilbert

12 ‘If you have a soul, you will volunteer at once’: gendered expectations of duty to care during pandemics 134
Rebecca Godderis and Kate Rossiter

13 Flu frames 139
Karen Staniland and Greg Smith

14 Attention to the media and worry over becoming infected: the case of the Swine Flu (H1N1) Epidemic of 2009 153
Gustavo S. Mesch, Kent P. Schwirian and Tanya Kolobov

15 Why the French did not choose to panic: a dynamic analysis of the public response to the infl uenza pandemic 160
William Sherlaw and Jocelyn Raude

Index 172

“Overall, I feel that this book does an excellent job of providing an accessible yet sophisticated collection of studies on a hitherto understudied topic in the sociology of health and illness. I am hopeful that this volume will encourage further scholarship into the sociology of pandemics, which will itself become an established area in its own right.”  (Sociology of Health & Illness, 1 July 2015)