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.
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).