1st Edition

Locating Zika Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics

Edited By Kevin Bardosh Copyright 2020
    240 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The emergence of Zika virus in 2015 challenged conventional ideas of mosquito-borne diseases, tested the resilience of health systems and embedded itself within local sociocultural worlds, with major implications for environmental, sexual, reproductive and paediatric health. This book explores this complex viral epidemic and situates it within its broader social, epidemiological and historical context in Latin America and the Caribbean. The chapters include a diverse set of case studies from scholars and health practitioners working across the region, from 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. By doing so, the authors reflect on the ways in which situated knowledge and social science approaches can contribute to more effective health policy and practice for mosquito-borne disease threats in a changing world.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com , has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.




    1. Understanding the Global Zika Response: Biographical Sketches of an Emergent Pandemic (Kevin Bardosh)
    2. Counting Zika: Insidious Uncertainties and Elusive Epidemic Facts (Rebecca Rose Henderson and Kevin Bardosh)
    3. A Literary History of Zika: Following Brazilian State Responses through Documents of Emergency (Gustavo Corrêa Matta, Carolina de Oliveira Nogueira and Lenir da Silva Nascimento)
    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 Labour in Ecuador (Anna M. Stewart-Ibarra, Rebecca Rose Henderson, Naveed Heydari, Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova, Yui Fujii and Kevin Bardosh)
    7. Arboviruses in Yucatan, Mexico: Anthropological Challenges, Multi-disciplinary 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)


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