Airports, Localities and Disease: Representations of Global Travel During the H1N1 Pandemic

Health and Place, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 727-735, 2010

31 Pages Posted: 17 May 2010  

Adam Warren

Loughborough University

Morag Bell

Loughborough University

Lucy Budd

Loughborough University

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

During summer 2009, the UK experienced one of the highest incidences of H1N1 infection outside of the Americas and Australia. Building on existing research into biosecurity and the spread of infectious disease via the global airline network, this paper explores the biopolitics of public health in the UK through an in-depth empirical analysis of the representation of H1N1 in UK national and regional newspapers. We uncover new discourses relating to the significance of the airport as a site for control and the ethics of the treatment of the traveller as a potential transmitter of disease. We conclude by highlighting how the global spread of infectious diseases is grounded in particular localities associated with distinctive notions of biosecurity and the traveller.

Keywords: Airport, Locality, Biosecurity, Pandemic, media

JEL Classification: I00

Suggested Citation

Warren, Adam and Bell, Morag and Budd, Lucy, Airports, Localities and Disease: Representations of Global Travel During the H1N1 Pandemic (2010). Health and Place, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 727-735, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1606584

Adam Warren (Contact Author)

Loughborough University ( email )

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Morag Bell

Loughborough University ( email )

Ashby Road
Nottingham NG1 4BU
Great Britain

Lucy Budd

Loughborough University ( email )

Ashby Road
Nottingham NG1 4BU
Great Britain

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