|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|
|Published in:||Public Understanding of Science|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Sage|
|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|
|Organisational Unit:||Centre for Education, Development and Services (ZBES)|
|Appears in collections:||Publikationen Soziale Arbeit|
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