Locating Zika: Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Locating Zika

Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics, 1st Edition

Edited by Kevin Louis Bardosh


288 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-12-19
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The Zika virus has challenged conventional ideas of mosquito-borne diseases, tested the resilience of global health systems and embedded itself within local sociocultural worlds, with major implications for environmental, sexual, reproductive and paediatric health, science and policy. This book locates the 2016 Zika epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean within its broader biosocial and historical context. The chapters contain a diverse set of case studies from scholars and health practitioners working across the region including Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, the United States, and Haiti. The book explores how mosquito-borne disease epidemics (not only Zika but also chikungunya, dengue and malaria) intersect with social change and health governance. It critically reflects on the ways in which situated knowledge and social science approaches can contribute to more effective global health policy and practice for mosquito-borne disease threats in a changing world.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Global Zika Response: Biographical Sketches of an Emergent Pandemic (Kevin Louis Bardosh)
  2. Counting Zika: Insidious Uncertainties and Elusive Epidemic Facts (Rebecca Henderson and Kevin Louis Bardosh)
  3. A Literary History of Zika: Following Brazilian State Responses through Documents of Emergency (Gustavo Matta, Carolina Nogueira and Lenir Silva)
  4. Zika in Everyday Life: Gender, Motherhood and Reproductive Rights in Pernambuco State, Northeast Brazil (Camila Pimentel, Ana Paula Lopes de Melo, Sandra Valongueiro Alves, Maria do Socorro Veloso de Albuquerque, Thália Velho Barreto de Araújo and Tereza Maciel Lyra)
  5. Politics as Disease in Venezuela: Vector Control Before and After the Bolivarian Revolution (Roberto Briceño-León, Milady Guevara and Iris Terán)
  6. Tracking Aedes Aegypti in a Hotter, Wetter, More Urban World:  Capacity Building, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiological Labor in Ecuador (Anna M. Stewart-Ibarra, Rebecca Henderson, Naveed Heydari, Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova, Yui Fujii and Kevin L Bardosh)
  7. Arboviruses in Yucatan, Mexico: Anthropological Challenges, Multidisciplinary Views and Practical Approaches (Josué Villegas-Chim, Héctor Gómez-Dantés, Norma Pavía-Ruz, Ligia Vera-Gamboa, María José Rafful-Ceballos, Jimmy Emmanuel Ramos-Valencia and Pablo Manrique-Saide)
  8. Does Belonging Really Matter? Municipal Governance, Vector Control and Urban Environments in a Colombian City (Tatiana García-Betancourt, Mauricio Fuentes-Vallejo, Catalina González-Uribe and Juliana Quintero)
  9. Reinventing Mosquito Control: Experimental Trials and Nonscalable Relations in the Florida Keys (Priscilla Bennett)

About the Editor

Kevin Louis Bardosh is Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Environmental and Global Health and Emerging Pathogens at the University of Florida, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Health and Medical Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General