Abstract

abstract:

In addition to the visible ways in which people have been united by COVID, there are also hidden structural and rhetorical links enabled by diagnosis. Diagnosis itself places the individual case into a generalized category, uniting the individual with many others so afflicted. In the case of COVID-19, diagnosis also creates new networks and relations by contact tracing. But diagnosis is also a measure of and technique for imaging the nation. Through multiple mechanisms, it constructs unifying concepts of nation, of citizen, and of class.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 339-351
Launched on MUSE
2021-08-03
Open Access
No
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