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Contagious : cultures, carriers, and the outbreak narrative

Author: Priscilla Wald
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2008.
Series: John Hope Franklin Center Book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shows how narratives of contagion structure communities of belonging and how the lessons of these narratives are incorporated into sociological theories of cultural transmission and community formation.
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Wald, Priscilla.
Contagious.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007029318
(OCoLC)156902285
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Priscilla Wald
ISBN: 9780822390572 0822390574
OCLC Number: 271168139
Notes: "A John Hope Franklin Center book"--Page [i].
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 373 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Imagined immunities: the epidemiology of belonging --
The healthy carrier: "Typhoid Mary" and social being --
Communicable Americanism: social contagion and urban spaces --
Viral cultures: microbes and politics in the Cold War --
"The Columbus of AIDS": the invention of "Patient Zero."
Series Title: John Hope Franklin Center Book.
Responsibility: Priscilla Wald.
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Argues that we need to understand the appeal and persistence of the outbreak narrative because the stories we tell about disease emergence have consequences. This title presents cautionary tale about  Read more...

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