Geographies/aerographies of contagion

Mitchell, Peta (2011) Geographies/aerographies of contagion. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(3), pp. 533-550.

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Abstract

In this paper I argue that geography, contagion, and the element of air have historically overlapped in interesting ways and that they continue to do so. By tracing metaphors of air, wind, miasma, and contagion through literary works that span nearly three centuries, I argue that the element of air tends to signify, in cultural expression, a more ambiguous, affective form of contagion that is also bound up with the spread of ideas and information.

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ID Code: 69222
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Classified as C1
Keywords: Contagion, Miasma theory, Metaphor, Geography, Emotional contagion
DOI: 10.1068/d9009
ISSN: 1472-3433
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Medicine (220205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Pion Ltd and its Licensors
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 01:15
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 06:12

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