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Pandemics, Publics, and Narrative

Mark Davis and Davina Lohm


Pandemics, Publics, and Narrative explores how members of the general public experienced the 2009 swine flu pandemic. It examines the stories related to us by individuals about what happened to them in 2009, their reflections on news and expert advice given to them, and how they considered vaccination, social isolation, and other infection control measures. The book charts also the storytelling of public life, including the “be alert, not alarmed” messages from the beginning of the outbreak through to the “boy who cried wolf” problem that emerged later in the outbreak when the virus turned out ... More

Keywords: pandemic, swine flu, health, immunity, contagion, narrative, communication, lived experience, Australia, Scotland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190683764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190683764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Davis, author
Associate Professor in Sociology, Monash University

Davina Lohm, author
Tutor, Monash University