Ebola in Perspective – Cultural Anthropology Journal – October 2014

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“Since early 2014, the international coverage of Africa has been dominated by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Much of that coverage represents the region as helpless and hopeless, a tragic victim of illogical beliefs and dangerous cultural practices. The contributors to this Hot Spots series offer their personal and professional experience in this region as a critical counter-argument. The essays collected here explore the political landscapes that make the state itself both a vector for and victim of this disease (Abramowitz, Ammann, Batty, Ferme, Harman, Nguyen); they write of the social realities of funeral practices, both their limits and their potential for change (Richards); they write of the media coverage of the disease and the complex ways in which information flows in and around the region (McGovern); they write of the way Ebola discourse has entered popular culture (Benton, Tucker), occult narratives (Bolten), and the diasporic imaginary (Sayegh, Wesley); and they write of the complicated ways it links to the region’s history of violence (Schroven, Soderstrom).”

by Daniel Hoffman and Mary Moran

Full series: http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/585-ebola-in-perspective

Posts in This Series

Introduction: Ebola In Perspective

by Mary Moran and Daniel Hoffman

Ebola in Guinea: Revealing the State of the State

by Anita Schroven

Bushmeat and the Politics of Disgust

by Mike McGovern

Reinventing “Others” in a Time of Ebola

by Fodei Batty

Village Funerals and the Spread of Ebola Virus Disease

by Paul Richards and Alfred Mokuwa

Hospital Diaries: Experiences with Public Health in Sierra Leone

by Mariane Ferme

Beats, Rhymes and Ebola

by Boima Tucker

Articulating the Invisible: Ebola Beyond Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

by Catherine E. Bolten

Ebola in Liberia: A Threat to Human Security and Peace

by Theresa Ammann

Ebola and the Health Care Crisis in Liberia

by Jackie Sayegh

How the Liberian Health Sector Became a Vector for Ebola

by Sharon Alane Abramowitz

The Epidemic Will be Militarized: Watching Outbreak as the West African Ebola Epidemic Unfolds

by Adia Benton

Schooling, Urgency, and Hope For Movement Ahead of The Ebola Crisis in Liberia: Perspectives from Recent Fieldwork

by Eva Harman

Ebola and the Ex-Combatant Community

by Johanna Söderström

Liberia’s Ebola Epidemic: Did the Government Fall Asleep at the Wheel?

by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Ebola: How We Became Unprepared, and What Might Come Next

by Vinh-Kim Nguyen


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