Our epidemiological footprint: the circulation of avian flu, SARS, and HIV/AIDS in the world economy

Elbe, Stefan (2008) Our epidemiological footprint: the circulation of avian flu, SARS, and HIV/AIDS in the world economy. Review of International Political Economy, 15 (1). pp. 116-130. ISSN 0969-2290

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Abstract

There is growing international concern about the circulation of pathological viruses in the world economy. Reviewing recent scholarship on avian flu, SARS, and HIV/AIDS, this article argues that the contemporary world economy is generating not just an ecological footprint, but also an important epidemiological one. Illustrating the complex interdependencies that exist between economic and microbial systems of circulation, the article highlights the difficult challenges that states confront in trying to shield populations against these viruses within the current international order. Finally, the article also considers recent attempts to scale up international responses to these viruses, including their progressive securitization and the coming into force of a new set of international health regulations - opening up a new chapter in the bio-history of humanity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Stefan Elbe
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 11:46
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12596
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