Hygiene and biosecurity: The language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J.
dc.contributor.author Nerlich, Brigitte
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Paul
dc.contributor.author Koteyko, Nelya
dc.contributor.author Carter, Ron
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-28T11:23:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-28T11:23:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-25
dc.identifier.citation Brown,B., Nerlich, B., Crawford, P., Koteyko, N. & Carter, R (2009) Hygiene and Biosecurity: The Language and Politics of Risk in an Era of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Sociology Compass 3 (5): 811-823. en
dc.identifier.issn 1751-9020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2624
dc.description.abstract Infectious diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and avian influenza, have recently been high on the agenda of policy makers and the public. Although hygiene and biosecurity are preferred options for disease management, policy makers have become increasingly aware of the critical role that communication assumes in protecting people during outbreaks and epidemics. This article makes the case for a language-based approach to understanding the public perception of disease. Health language research carried out by the authors, based on metaphor analysis and corpus linguistics, has shown that concepts of journeys, pathways, thresholds, boundaries and barriers have emerged as principal framing devices used by stakeholders to advocate a hygiene based risk and disease management. These framings provide a common ground for debate, but lead to quite different perceptions and practices. This in turn might be a barrier to global disease management in a modern world. en
dc.description.sponsorship The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the ESRC (research grant no. RES-000-23-1306) for the project ‘Talking cleanliness in health and agriculture’ of which this paper forms a part. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley Blackwell en
dc.subject infection en
dc.subject disease en
dc.subject metaphor en
dc.subject habitus en
dc.subject risk en
dc.title Hygiene and biosecurity: The language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.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.peerreviewed Yes en

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