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Framing disease: The avian influenza pandemic in Australia

Abeysinghe, Sudeepa; White, Kevin Neil

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Since 2003, avian influenza has recently spread around the world sparking fears of a potential pandemic. As a result of this, a range of explanations and expectations surrounding the phenomenon were generated. Such social representations of disease depict the issue under discussion and frame reactions to the event. This paper explores the social representations surrounding avian influenza in Australia. Methodologically, a textual analysis of media and government documents was conducted in order...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAbeysinghe, Sudeepa
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Kevin Neil
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:27:35Z
dc.identifier.issn1446-1242
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/21958
dc.description.abstractSince 2003, avian influenza has recently spread around the world sparking fears of a potential pandemic. As a result of this, a range of explanations and expectations surrounding the phenomenon were generated. Such social representations of disease depict the issue under discussion and frame reactions to the event. This paper explores the social representations surrounding avian influenza in Australia. Methodologically, a textual analysis of media and government documents was conducted in order to uncover the social representations implicit in these accounts. Tliis demonstrated a symbolic framing of avian influenza with reference to the Spanish Influenza pandemic (1918). Analytically, the study draws upon the concepts of social representations from Durkheim and of risk and symbolic risk in the work of Beck. Overall, it is argued that the framing of avian influenza as a risk, mediated through the collective memory of Spanish Influenza, characterised the nature of the social representations surrounding the phenomenon. This resulted in the production of symbolic solutions to the threat.
dc.publisherSociological Association of Australia
dc.sourceHealth Sociology Review
dc.subjectKeywords: Avian influenza; Infectious disease; Media; Risk; Social representations; Sociology
dc.titleFraming disease: The avian influenza pandemic in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor160899 - Sociology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4578276xPUB19
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAbeysinghe, Sudeepa, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWhite, Kevin Neil, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage369
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage381
local.identifier.doi10.5172/hesr.2010.19.3.369
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:11:42Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79551588154
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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