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Book review: New pandemics, old politics: two hundred years of war on disease and its alternatives by Alex de Waal

Farrimond, Hannah (2021) Book review: New pandemics, old politics: two hundred years of war on disease and its alternatives by Alex de Waal. LSE Review of Books (10 May 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and its Alternatives, Alex de Waal offers a new political history of epidemics, identifying and critiquing a repeated mobilisation of the ‘war metaphor’ of pandemic disease to show our persistent (mis-)framing of biological illness. The book is an extremely comprehensive and fascinating history of previous epidemics, their metaphors and manifestations, and a highly thought-provoking read in our current times, writes Hannah Farrimond. New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and its Alternatives. Alex de Waal. Polity. 2021.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 14:54
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 14:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111363

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