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Pandemics and the Media

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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • Language: reference & general (CB)
      • Writing & editing guides (CBW)
        • Journalistic style guides (CBWJ)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Media studies (JFD)
        • TV & society (JFDT)

BISAC Classifications

  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism (LAN008000)
  • Performing Arts (PER)
    • Television (PER010)
      • PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General (PER010000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Media studies (JBCT)
          • Media studies: TV & society (JBCT2)
  • Economics, Finance, Business & Management (K)
    • Industry & industrial studies (KN)
      • Media, entertainment, information & communication industries (KNT)
        • Publishing industry, book trade, the press & journalism (KNTP)