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How fear and stigma affected the lives of African immigrants during the global Ebola epidemic—and the resilient ways in which immigrant communities responded.In December 2013, a series of Ebola infections in Meliandou, Guinea, set off a chain of events culminating in the world's largest Ebola epidemic. Concerns about the virus in the United States reached a peak when Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family in Dallas, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola and die of the disease on US soil. In Global Epidemics, Local Implications, Kevin J. A. Thomas highlights the complex ways in which disease outbreaks that begin in one part of the world affect the lives of immigrants in another. Drawing on information from a community survey, participant observations, government documents, and newspapers, Thomas examines how African immigrants were negatively affected by public backlash and their agency and resilience in responding to the consequences of epidemic. Ultimately, this book shows how these responses underscore the importance of immigrant resources for developing public health interventions.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. 1 International Migration, Ebola, and Responses to Global Epidemics
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 2 Fear, Blame, and the Social Response to Epidemics
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. 3 Solidarity and Support among Africans in Dallas
  2. pp. 49-77
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  1. 4 Experiencing the Consequences of the Epidemic in West Africa
  2. pp. 78-106
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  1. 5 The Tragedy in Dallas
  2. pp. 107-137
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  1. 6 Africans as Untouchables
  2. pp. 138-168
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  1. 7 Fighting Back
  2. pp. 169-199
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  1. 8 Conclusion
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421433004
Related ISBN
9781421432991
MARC Record
OCLC
1123216739
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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