AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Securitizing Borderless Diseases: The case of Ebola in Sierra Leone

by Mie Nielsen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2016
Keywords: Ebola; Securitization; Medicalization; Sierra Leone; Power Relations; Medicalised Nativism
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2130662
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/26235


This chapter investigates how the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak was securitised, and in turn how this securitization affected the sovereignty and development of Sierra Leone. Drawing on the Copenhagen School theory on securitization combined with Elbe’s notions of Medicalized Insecurity the chapter examines the process of securitising the Ebola outbreak. Hereafter the concept of Medicalised Nativism is applied to provide insight into the everyday effects of the outbreak on locals and to provide insight into the narratives of the outbreak and their influence on creating stigmatisation and discrimination. The chapter finds that the outbreak have affected both sovereignty and development in Sierra Leone, when considering power relations, narratives, and the processes of securitisation and bordering. Advisors/Committee Members: Rasmussen, Jacob (advisor).