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Author Caduff, Carlo, author.

Title The pandemic perhaps : dramatic events in a public culture of danger / Carlo Caduff.

Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : the shape of things to come -- A ferret's sneeze -- On the run -- Casualties of contagion -- Experiments of concern -- A real test -- The great deluge.
Summary "In 2005, American experts sent out urgent warnings throughout the country: a devastating flu pandemic was fast approaching. Influenza was a serious disease, not a seasonal nuisance; it could kill millions of people. If urgent steps were not taken immediately, the pandemic could shut down the economy and 'trigger a reaction that will change the world overnight.' The Pandemic Perhaps explores how American experts framed a catastrophe that never occurred. The urgent threat that was presented to the public produced a profound sense of insecurity, prompting a systematic effort to prepare the population for the coming plague. But when that plague did not arrive, the race to avert it carried on. Paradoxically, it was the absence of disease that made preparedness a permanent project. The Pandemic Perhaps tells the story of what happened when nothing really happened. Drawing on fieldwork among scientists and public health professionals in New York City, it's an investigation of how actors and institutions produced a scene of extreme expectation through the circulation of dramatic plague visions. It argues that experts deployed these visions to draw attention to the possibility of a pandemic, frame the disease as a catastrophic event, and make it meaningful to the nation. Today, when we talk about pandemic influenza, we must always say 'perhaps.' What, then, does it mean to engage a disease in the modality of the maybe?"--Provided by publisher.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Influenza -- United States -- Forecasting.
Influenza -- Social aspects -- United States.
Influenza -- United States -- Prevention.
Epidemics -- United States -- Forecasting.
Epidemics -- Social aspects -- United States.
Epidemics -- United States -- Prevention.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780520959767 (electronic bk.)
0520959760 (electronic bk.)