Policy Press

Pandemic Societies

By Alan Petersen

Published

Oct 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529220377

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529220360

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529220384

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

From SARS to Zika, and Ebola to COVID-19, epidemics and pandemics have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Each outbreak presents new challenges but the responses are often the same.

This important book explores the dimensions, dynamics and implications of the emerging pandemic society. Drawing on ideas from sociology and science studies, it sheds new light on how pandemics are socially produced and, in turn, shape societies in areas such as governance, work and recreation, science and technology, education, and family life. It offers pointers to the future of the pandemic society, including the expansion of technologies of surveillance and control, as well as the prospects of social renewal created by economic and social disruption.

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and in Australia. He has written on the sociology of health and medicine, the sociology of risk, the sociology of news media and digital media, science and technology studies and gender studies for more than 30 years.

Pandemics as Socio-political Phenomena

Modelling Pandemics

Governing Pandemics

Pandemic Technologies

Mediating Pandemics

New Pandemic Practices

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