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Misunderstanding a Viral Pandemic: The Social and Cultural Contexts of COVID-19

Napier, AD; Fischer, EF; (2020) Misunderstanding a Viral Pandemic: The Social and Cultural Contexts of COVID-19. Social Research: An International Quarterly , 87 (2) pp. 271-277. Green open access

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Abstract

IT IS RARE THAT SOCIAL THEORY CAN SAVE LIVES, BUT THE CONCEPTUAL framework through which viral pandemics are largely understood costs lives by failing to include key insights based in social theory. In this paper, we employ a cultural contexts of health approach to show how the ways in which viral transmission is conceptualized, and misunderstood, affect how society deals with pandemics.

Type: Article
Title: Misunderstanding a Viral Pandemic: The Social and Cultural Contexts of COVID-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/764868#info_wrap
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117070
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