Contagion: Health, Fear, Sovereignty

Paperback | May 29, 2012

EditorBruce Magnusson, Zahi Zalloua

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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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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...

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 anthropol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.01 × 5.98 × 0.5 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:University of Washington Press and Whitman CollegeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

IntroductionThe Hydra of ContagionBruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua

1 Rethinking the War on Terror New Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Management in the Post-9/11 WorldPaul B. Stares and Mona Yacoubian

2 Epidemic IntelligenceToward a Genealogy of Global Health SecurityAndrew Lakoff

3 The Aesthetic Emergency of the Avian Flu AffectGeoffrey Whitehall

4 Bio TerrorHybridity in the Biohorror Narrative, or What We Can Learn from Our MonstersPriscilla Wald

5 Contagion, Contamination, and Don DeLillo'sPost?Cold War World-SystemSteps toward a Haptical Theory of CultureChristian Moraru

6 Contagion of Intellectual Traditions in Post-9/11 NovelsAlberto S. Galindo

Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index