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Pandemics and the Media


Marina Levina

Offering a comprehensive analysis of mediated representations of global pandemics, this book engages with the construction, management, and classification of difference in the global context of a pandemic, to address what it means – culturally, politically, and economically – to live in an infected, diseased body. Marina Levina argues that mediated representations are essential in translating and making sense of difference as a category of subjectivity and as a mode of organizing and distributing change. Using textual analysis of media texts on pandemics and disease, she illustrates how they represent a larger mediascape that drafts stories of global instabilities and global health. Levina explains how the stories we tell about disease matter; that the media is instrumental in constructing and disseminating these stories; and that mediated narratives of pandemics are rooted in global flows of policies, commerce, and populations. Pandemics are, by definition, global crises.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Levina, Marina.

Pandemics and the media / Marina Levina.

pages cm. — (Global crises and the media; vol. 12)

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. AIDS (Disease) and mass media. 2. Epidemics—Press coverage.

3. Blood—Symbolic aspects. 4. Blood—Social aspects. I. Title.

P96.A39L863 362.1’042—dc23 2014024884

ISBN 978-1-4331-1552-3 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4331-1551-6 (paperback)

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