research product . Other ORP type . 2020

The politics of Amphibiosis: the war against viruses will not take place

Brives, Charlotte;
Open Access English
  • Published: 19 Apr 2020
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
International audience; By "We are at war." This was Emmanuel Macron's chosen refrain when he addressed the French nation about the current COVID-19 pandemic. He is certainly not the first to present human/pathogenic microbe relations in this way. Indeed, the history of immunology and epidemiology is littered with the vocabulary of war. But this presidential rhetoric reveals a certain communication strategy based on national unity, a hackneyed but nevertheless effective argument that is perfectly in keeping with a neoliberal ideology, a context in which the life of society is a constant struggle. Who is at war, and against what? For there to be a war, there need...
Subjects
free text keywords: coronavirus, COVID-19, Microbes, Metaphor, Multispecies, War, Viruses, [SHS.ANTHRO-BIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Biological anthropology, [SHS.SOCIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology
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