Book review : “I know who caused COVID-19”: pandemics and xenophobia

Ryan, Louise (2023) Book review : “I know who caused COVID-19”: pandemics and xenophobia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 46 (3). pp. 656-658. ISSN 1466-4356

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This is a book review of “I know who caused COVID-19”: pandemics and xenophobia / by Zhou Xun and Sander L. Gilman. This book reminds us that "some diseases cause moral panic, much as did syphilis in the nineteenth century and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, with real political and social implications". Indeed the book begins with reference to the Plague of Athens in 430BC which apparently was blamed on the Ethiopians. Xun and Gilman, using a range of historical and contemporary examples, demonstrate how diseases spark fear and even panic and usually result in the need to blame a scapegoat for causing and/or spreading the illness.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group in 'Ethnic and Racial Studies' on 19 May 2022, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; pandemics; moral panic; xenophobia
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 10:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2023 01:58


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