Epidemic illusions : on the coloniality of global public health / Eugene T. Richardson ; foreword by Paul Farmer.

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About this work


"An eclectic series of "decolonizing heuristics" based on Eugene Richardson's experiences in epidemic containment in the Sudan, West Africa, South Africa, and among the Rohingya"-- Provided by publisher.


Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2020]

Physical description

xxiv, 193 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm


Carnivalization -- Pr [Global health equity/Coloniality] -- Colonizer, interrupted (Flash fiction) -- The allegory of the warren (Platonic dialogues) -- The pacification of the primitive tribes of Lake Geneva (Nacirema eghnography) -- WHO's semiosis (Semiotics) -- The ebola suspect's dilemma (Call and response) -- Not-so-big data and immodest causal inference (Symbolic reparations) -- Ebola vaccines and the ideal speech situation (Border gnosis) -- The race-PrEP study (Counterhegemonic modeling) -- Pre-appendices -- Conclusion: The epistemic reformation -- Use your illusion -- Afterword: Pandemicity, COVID-19, and the limits of public health "science."

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-190) and index.


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