Pestis: The Collective Challenges of Epidemics

Authors

  • Carlos Miguel Ferreira Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.NOVA Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal
  • Sandro Serpa Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of The Azores Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA -UAc, Portugal
  • Jorge Ferraz Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.NOVA; CiTUR – Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation – Campus of Estoril

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0059

Keywords:

pestis, epidemic, contagion, «collective management» of plagues

Abstract

Currently, COVID-19 is perceived as an epidemic, a new «plague», referring to the matrix metaphor of the pestis expressed in the series contagion – death – fear – isolation. This article aims to understand the multiple collective challenges posed by plague epidemics. The analysis of these challenges may contribute to the reflection on several dimensions that shape the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Individuals interpret the different pasts aiming to solve the problems they face in the present. The collective challenges that the political and medical «management» of the plague place are shaped by circumstantial coalitions of diverse interests, enabling the recognition, demarcation, and legitimisation of actions regarding its public management and control, materialised in concrete health policies, such as the development of several specific devices (isolation, health cordons, lazarettos, quarantine), thus intervening in the configuration of «collective management» of epidemics.

 

Received: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 22 March 2021 / Published: 10 May 2021

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Published

2021-05-10

How to Cite

Ferreira, C. M. ., Serpa, S. ., & Ferraz, J. . (2021). Pestis: The Collective Challenges of Epidemics. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(3), 1. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0059

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