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The avian influenza pandemic: Discourses of risk, contagion and preparation in Australia

Abeysinghe, Sudeepa; White, Kevin Neil


This paper examines the construction of avian influenza in Australian media and federal government policy, with a focus placed on discourses of contagion, preparedness and risk. The threat of an infectious disease outbreak, such as avian influenza, on social life is surrounded by a range of collective narratives which attempt to make it explicable. These narratives socially define the disease and provide explanations for its existence. The paper demonstrates that central to these narratives are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Health, Risk and Society
DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2011.575457


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