Epidemic space

Loon, J.V., 2005. Epidemic space. Critical Public Health, 15 (1), pp. 39-52. ISSN 0958-1596

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The aim of this article is to highlight the importance of 'spatiality' in understanding the materialization of risk society and cultivation of risk sensibilities. More specifically it provides a cultural analysis of pathogen virulence (as a social phenomenon) by means of tracing and mapping the spatial flows that operate in the uncharted zones between the microphysics of infection and the macrophysics of epidemics. It will be argued that epidemic space consists of three types of forces: the vector, the index and the vortex. It will draw on Latour's Actor Network Theory to argue that epidemic space is geared towards instability when the vortex (of expanding associations and concerns) displaces the index (of finding a single cause).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Critical Public Health
Creators: Loon, J.V.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2005
Volume: 15
Number: 1
ISSN: 0958-1596
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:10
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13463

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