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dc.contributor.authorSams, Kelley
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorDesclaux, Alice
dc.contributor.authorSow, Khoudia
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-21T13:08:59Z
dc.date.available2022-11-21T13:08:59Z
dc.date.issued2022-04-28
dc.identifier.citationSams, K.; Grant, C.; Desclaux, A. and Sow, K. (2022). ​Disease X and Africa: How a Scientific Metaphor Entered Popular Imaginaries of the Online Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Medicine Anthropology Theory, 9(2), 1-28, DOI: 10.17157/mat.9.2.5611en
dc.identifier.urihttps://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/20.500.12413/17754
dc.description.abstractIn 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the addition of Disease X, a hypothetical infectious threat, to its blueprint list of priority diseases. In the construction of discourse that circulated following this announcement, conceptions of Disease X intersected with representations of Africa. In our article, we share a broad strokes analysis of internet narratives about Disease X and Africa in the six months before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (July–December 2019) and during its first six months (January–June 2020). Our analysis focuses on how the scientific concept of Disease X was applied by ‘non-experts’ to make meaning from risk, uncertainty, and response. These non-experts drew in parallel upon more general representations of power, fear, and danger. This research is particularly relevant at the time of writing, as online narratives about COVID-19 vaccination are shaping vaccine anxiety throughout the world by drawing upon similar conceptions of agency and inequality. Because Disease X in Africa still looms as a perceived future threat, considering the narratives presented in this paper can provide insight into how people create meaning when faced with a scientific concept, a global health crisis, and the idea that there are other crises yet to come.en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofseries;Volume 9, Number 2
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
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dc.titleDisease X and Africa: How a Scientific Metaphor Entered Popular Imaginaries of the Online Public During the COVID-19 Pandemicen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.rights.holderCopyright (c) 2022 Kelley Sams, Catherine Grant, Alice Desclaux, and Khoudia Sowen
dc.identifier.externalurihttp://www.medanthrotheory.org/article/view/5611en
dc.identifier.doi10.17157/mat.9.2.5611
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