Season 1, chatroom 1

Medicine & Borders

feat. Alison Bashford

Historically, border control arose out of a combination of infectious disease and the global color line. But this frame of understanding a disease outbreak doesn’t apply so well to Covid19, where older narratives have flipped — so far.

To understand border control and Covid19, we have to move away from globalization, and look at what’s happening locally. The novel coronavirus is about what’s going on inside domestic borders.

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Alison Bashford (ed.), Medicine at the border: disease, globalization and security, 1950 to the present, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. xiv, 271, £55.00 (hardback 978-0-230-50706-7).