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Language: English
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The size of the: 24.45 MB
ISBN: 0874219280
ISBN 13: 9780874219289
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The author of the book: Jon D. Lee
Edition: Utah State University Press
Date of issue: April 7th 2014

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In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human response to epidemics through the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies usually respond to the eruption of disease by constructing stories, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, but these narratives are often more damaging than the diseases they reference. The information disseminated through them is often inaccurate, incorporating xenophobic explanations of the disease’s origins and questionable medical information about potential cures and treatment.Folklore studies brings important and useful perspectives to understanding cultural responses to the outbreak of disease. Through this etiological study Lee shows the similarities between the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of other contemporary disease outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His analysis suggests that these disease narratives do not spring up with new outbreaks or diseases but are in continuous circulation and are recycled opportunistically. Lee also explores whether this predictability of vernacular disease narratives presents the opportunity to create counter-narratives released systematically from the government or medical science to stymie the negative effects of the fearful rumors that so often inflame humanity.

With potential for practical application to public health and health policy, An Epidemic of Rumors will be of interest to students and scholars of health, medicine, and folklore.


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Ebook An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of Disease read Online! Jon D. Lee is a folklorist, poet, and author who teaches literature and composition at various Boston-area universities and is always hard at work on the next project. His poems have been published in numerous journals and have been anthologized in Follow the Thread, and his work as a folklorist has recently resulted in An Epidemic of Rumors, a monograph on the role of disease narratives in outbreaks. When not writing, he can be found playing with his wife and three-year-old son, or hitting the running trails.


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