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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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Series Editor’s Preface: Global Crises and the Media


Introduction: Living in the Pandemic Age

Chapter 1. Keeping the Blood Flowing: Disease, Community, and Public Imaginaries

Chapter 2. HIV/AIDS and Mchiatch Narratives of Morality and Citizenship

Chapter 3. Vampires and HIV/AIDS in the Popular Imagination

Chapter 4. Globalization, Pandemics, and the Problem of Security

Chapter 5. Zombie Pandemic and Governance of Life Itself

Chapter 6. Pandemics and Digital Mchia Technologies


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