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Hygiene and biosecurity: the language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases

Brown, Brian; Nerlich, Brigitte; Crawford, Paul; Koteyko, Nelya; Carter, Ronald

Authors

Brian Brown

Brigitte Nerlich brigitte.nerlich@nottingham.ac.uk

Paul Crawford

Nelya Koteyko nelya.koteyko@nottingham.ac.uk

Ronald Carter



Abstract

Infectious diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and avian influenza, have recently been high on the agenda of policy makers and the public. Although hygiene and biosecurity are preferred options for disease management, policy makers have become increasingly aware of the critical role that communication assumes in protecting people during outbreaks and epidemics. This article makes the case for a language-based approach to understanding the public perception of disease. Health language research carried out by the authors, based on metaphor analysis and corpus linguistics, has shown that concepts of journeys, pathways, thresholds, boundaries and barriers have emerged as principal framing devices used by stakeholders to advocate a hygiene based risk and disease management. These framings provide a common ground for debate, but lead to quite different perceptions and practices. This in turn might be a barrier to global disease management in a modern world.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 23, 2009
Journal Sociology Compass
Electronic ISSN 1751-9020
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 5
APA6 Citation Brown, B., Nerlich, B., Crawford, P., Koteyko, N., & Carter, R. (2009). Hygiene and biosecurity: the language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases. Sociology Compass, 3(5), doi:10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x
Keywords Risk, Infectious Diseases, Hygiene, Biosecurity, Health Language, Communication, Metaphor, Corpus Linguistics
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Brown, B., Nerlich, B., Crawford, P., Koteyko, N. and Carter, R. (2009), Hygiene and Biosecurity: The Language and Politics of Risk in an Era of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Sociology Compass, 3: 811–823. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi...0.2009.00230.x/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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