Jon D. Lee's An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of PDF

By Jon D. Lee

ISBN-10: 0874219280

ISBN-13: 9780874219289

In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics during the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies frequently reply to the eruption of illness through developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra destructive than the ailments they reference. the data disseminated via them is usually erroneous, incorporating xenophobic factors of the disease’s origins and questionable scientific information regarding power remedies and treatment.

Folklore reviews brings vital and necessary views to figuring out cultural responses to the outbreak of ailment. via this etiological examine Lee exhibits the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of different modern sickness outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those ailment narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or ailments yet are in non-stop movement and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores even if this predictability of vernacular illness narratives offers the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt or clinical technological know-how to stymie the unwanted effects of the apprehensive rumors that so usually inflame humanity.

With power for sensible software to public future health and overall healthiness coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors should be of curiosity to scholars and students of well-being, medication, and folklore.

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