Framing pandemic management: New governance, science or culture?

Carney, Terry & Bennett, Belinda (2014) Framing pandemic management: New governance, science or culture? Health Sociology Review, 23(2), pp. 136-147.

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Management of a pandemic engages multiple sites where previously settled or uncontroversial understandings may be transformed by global and domestic forces. This article examines the iconography of social distancing implicated in the discourses of ‘quarantine’ and ‘risk control’ in public health, and the tension between scientific and popular media readings of the contours of acceptable public health models for managing particular pandemics. The role of culture in shaping and reshaping borders at an operational level is explored as a basis for explaining the apparent paradoxes in the way historic and contemporary pandemics are actually managed, and the different ways particular pandemics are framed. The article argues that a rational-scientific approach to pandemic management is insufficient and that a more nuanced socio-political blend of science, culture and public perceptions offers a more substantial basis for public health policy.

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ID Code: 88869
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: pandemics, management, public health, science and culture
DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2014.11081968
ISSN: 1446-1242
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2015 05:49
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:11

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