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

Brown, Brian and Nerlich, Brigitte and Crawford, Paul and Koteyko, Nelya and Carter, Ronald (2009) Hygiene and biosecurity: the language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases. Sociology Compass, 3 (5). pp. 811-823. ISSN 1751-9020

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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.

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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.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Risk, Infectious Diseases, Hygiene, Biosecurity, Health Language, Communication, Metaphor, Corpus Linguistics
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of English
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Science and Society
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00230.x
Depositing User: Nerlich, Professor Brigitte
Date Deposited: 13 May 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 11:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1374

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