Show simple item record McInnes, Colin Roemer-Mahler, Anne 2017-09-01T18:31:15Z 2017-09-01T18:31:15Z 2017-11-06
dc.identifier.citation McInnes , C & Roemer-Mahler , A 2017 , ' From security to risk: reframing global health threats ' International Affairs , vol 93 , no. 6 , pp. 1313-1337 . DOI: 10.1093/ia/iix187 en
dc.identifier.issn 0020-5850
dc.identifier.other PURE: 10907498
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 091294a3-2456-4a23-ba80-02099fa6aa94
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85034754701
dc.description Identified as 'Editor's choice' for this issue, which meant it appeared on the journals website as open access and an additonal blog was written by the authors on the journal website to highlight the articles - en
dc.description.abstract The rise of health issues such as HIV, pandemic influenza and Ebola on international agendas has led to the framing of threats to health as security issues. This has created an uneasy relationship between politics and health, by moving national interests into an area traditionally dominated by scientific rationalities and a predisposition towards cosmopolitan norms. Framing global health threats as risks, however, appears to be less politically charged and divisive, combining an aura of scientific objectivity with a moral call to action. In this article we argue that, despite its technical use in public health, in the policy discourse on global health the risk frame is not immune to values and interests but inherently political. It privileges a specific approach to global health policy which focuses on potential future catastrophes rather than presently existing health problems, emphasises technological solutions rather than addressing the socio-economic determinants of health, while there is no single risk frame, but rather multiple risk frames existing simultaneously, as seen during the 2014-15 West African Ebola outbreak. However, framing health in terms of risk is useful in understanding how health issues reflect and contribute to the wider zeitgeist concerning societal vulnerability: that dangers exist which are uncontrollable and are the product of technical progress. The risk frame allows us to place health issues into this wider context, where disease is just one of a number of concurrent dangers rather than a separately identifiable hazard. en
dc.format.extent 24 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Affairs en
dc.rights en
dc.subject Risk en
dc.subject Security en
dc.subject Global health en
dc.subject Ebola en
dc.subject Framing en
dc.subject preparedness en
dc.subject Social Sciences(all) en
dc.title From security to risk: reframing global health threats en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.description.version publishersversion en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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