'Post antibiotic apocalypse': discourses of mutation in narratives of MRSA.

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J.
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-15T15:30:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-15T15:30:16Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Brown, B.J and Crawford, P. (2009) 'Post antibiotic apocalypse': discourses of mutation in narratives of MRSA. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(4), pp. 508-524. en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-9566
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/1689
dc.description The version of the article attached to this record is the authors final peer reviewed version. The definitive version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01147.x
dc.description.abstract In this paper we will consider the question of mutation as it is manifested in press coverage of MRSA in UK hospitals. This represents a fertile field of discourse which brings into focus issues relating to microbes, people and working practices as well as the concepts of risk and vulnerability. A regular feature of reporting has been the presence of explanations for drug resistance involving repeated random mutations of the microbe to achieve progressively greater resistance and versatility, largely through a Darwinian process which is clever at overcoming human attempts at elimination. More recently a discourse has emerged which foregrounds also the vulnerability of patients who are very young, old or otherwise immunocompromised, or whose own genetic makeup might put them at risk from the microbe. The hospital is decentred as a source of infection, and attention is turned instead to nursing homes and gymnasia as sources of infection in the community. This latter development mitigates the responsibilities of hospitals and statutory healthcare providers and turns the risk back towards the individual as a responsible actor in an ecology of mutation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Blackwell Wiley en
dc.subject MRSA en
dc.subject healthcare associated infection en
dc.subject mutation en
dc.subject discourse en
dc.subject narrative en
dc.title 'Post antibiotic apocalypse': discourses of mutation in narratives of MRSA. en
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01147.x
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.ref2014.selected 1366719837_0000895004444_22_3

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