Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Dynamic social representations of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: Shifting patterns of sense-making and blame
Authors: Mayor, Eric
Eicher, Véronique
Bangerter, Adrian
Gilles, Ingrid
Clémence, Alain
Green, Eva
DOI: 10.1177/0963662512443326
Published in: Public Understanding of Science
Volume(Issue): 22
Issue: 8
Page(s): 1011
Pages to: 1024
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Sage
ISSN: 1361-6609
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 306: Culture
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: We investigate dynamics of public perceptions of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic to understand changing patterns of sense-making and blame regarding the outbreak of emerging infectious diseases. We draw on social representation theory combined with a dramaturgical perspective to identify changes in how various collectives are depicted over the course of the pandemic, according to three roles: heroes, villains and victims. Quantitative results based on content analysis of three cross-sectional waves of interviews show a shift from mentions of distant collectives (e.g., far-flung countries) at Wave 1 to local collectives (e.g., risk groups) as the pandemic became of more immediate concern (Wave 2) and declined (Wave 3). Semi-automated content analysis of media coverage shows similar results. Thematic analyses of the discourse associated with collectives revealed that many were consistently perceived as heroes, villains and victims.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Centre for Education, Development and Services (ZBES)
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