Ebola at the borders: Newspaper representations and the politics of border control

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Abstract

As well as a site of politics and public health action, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been a focus of media representations. This paper examines print media narratives around border control in relation to Ebola in the UK, the USA and Australia from the start of the epidemic to May 2015. It shows that Ebola became mobilised as a frame through which domestic politics could be discussed. The disease was transformed from a problem for West Africa to a problem for the West. The context of West Africa and affected populations was homogenised and hidden. The focus of reporting centred upon domestic political actions and more local sources of threat.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-467
Number of pages16
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Ebola
  • media
  • border control
  • security
  • sociology

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