Health, Fear, Sovereignty

Edited by Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua

  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: Science and Technology Studies; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 184 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Whitman College
  • Series: Global Re-Visions
  • Contents

Over many decades, "contagion" has been a metaphor of choice for everything from global terrorism, suicide bombings, poverty, immigration, global financial crises, human rights, fast food, obesity, divorce, and homosexuality. Essays examine the language of epidemiology used in the war on terror, the repressive effects of global disease surveillance, and films and novels that enact the perplexities of contagion in a global context. Fear of microbial disaster becomes a framework for larger questions about the nature and location of sovereignty and the related questions of contact and hygienic isolation, fear and invisibility, the hazards of sociability, the security of surveillance, and what a healthy security might mean. Utilizing the cross-disciplinary approach of global studies, contagion emerges as a vexed trope for globalization itself.
Bruce Magnusson is associate professor of politics and the director of global studies and Zahi Zalloua is associate professor of French and general studies, both at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Contributors Alberto S. Galindo, assistant professor of Spanish, Whitman College Andrew Lakoff, associate professor of anthropology, communications, and sociology at the University of Southern California Christian Moraru, professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations Priscilla Wald, professor of English and women's studies at Duke University Geoffrey Whitehall, associate professor of political science at Acadia University, Nova Scotia Mona Yacoubian, special adviser to the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the U.S. Institute of Peace

The Hydra of Contagion
Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua

1 Rethinking the War on Terror
New Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Management in the Post-9/11 World
Paul B. Stares and Mona Yacoubian

2 Epidemic Intelligence
Toward a Genealogy of Global Health Security
Andrew Lakoff

3 The Aesthetic Emergency of the Avian Flu Affect
Geoffrey Whitehall

4 Bio Terror
Hybridity in the Biohorror Narrative, or What We Can Learn from Our Monsters
Priscilla Wald

5 Contagion, Contamination, and Don DeLillo's
Post-Cold War World-System
Steps toward a Haptical Theory of Culture
Christian Moraru

6 Contagion of Intellectual Traditions in Post-9/11 Novels
Alberto S. Galindo

Notes on Contributors