Locating disease : on the coexistence of diverse concepts of territory and the spread of disease

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Green , S 2021 , Locating disease : on the coexistence of diverse concepts of territory and the spread of disease . in S Trubeta , C Promitzer & P Weindling (eds) , Medicalising borders : Selection, containment and quarantine since 1800 . , 7 , Rethinking Borders , vol. 4 , Manchester University Press , Manchester , pp. 178-198 .

Title: Locating disease : on the coexistence of diverse concepts of territory and the spread of disease
Author: Green, Sarah
Other contributor: Trubeta, Sevasti
Promitzer, Christian
Weindling, Paul
Contributor organization: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Crosslocations
Helsinki One Health (HOH)
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Date: 2021-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Medicalising borders
Belongs to series: Rethinking Borders
ISBN: 978-1-5261-5466-8
978-1-5261-5465-1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332959
Abstract: When governments have to decide what to do about the threat of infection or contagion, their political concerns and, in particular, their understanding of the relationship between territory and people, are bound to inform their decisions. Drawing on accounts of how different political regimes responded to outbreaks of infectious disease in the Mediterranean region in the past, this chapter focuses on how different regimes understand the spread of the disease: its movement across space. The rapid spread of COVID-19 during 2020 and the highly diverse political responses to it have demonstrated the importance of this point. Close the borders or not? Quarantine the population or not? The issue here is how people understand, organize and structure spatial relations and separations, as well as how they understand the disease in itself. Given that the spread of a disease involves movement across space, including the crossing of political borders, the way that location is understood and organized is important to how diverse peoples and regimes respond to the spread of disease. The question the chapter deals with is how diseases are located – in the Mediterranean region, in this case.
Description: This chapter is part of a large ERC Advanced Grant called Crosslocations.
Subject: 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
Quarantine
Borders
Mediterranean
Ottoman Empire
Plague
Location
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: draft


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