Securitizing Communicable Disease: A case study of discursive threat-construction during the 2014 Ebola epidemic

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Securitizing Communicable Disease: A case study of discursive threat-construction during the 2014 Ebola epidemic
Author(s) Schröder, Elvira Sophia
Date 2015
English abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore the securitization of communicable disease in the case of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa 2014. Applying the Copenhagen School’s theory of securitization, this thesis conducted a discourse analysis of speech acts occurring at different levels of the global community in relation to the outbreak. The focus lay on two major events, namely the UN Security Council meeting on 18 September 2014 and the UN high-level meeting on Ebola a week later. Investigating to what extent the securitizing discourse apparent in Resolution 2177 which identified Ebola as a “threat to international peace and security” was upheld and justified by the speakers at these events, this study determined that Ebola virus disease has been “successfully” securitized on all levels of global governance. Despite the incredible amount of human suffering which the Ebola outbreak provoked in West Africa, the discourse employed by global governance identified the referent object nearly exclusively at the state-level. Further research is suggested in the concluding parts of this thesis that can build upon the findings of this study.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 63
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Securitization
global public health
Ebola virus disease
Copenhagen School
discourse analysis
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20178 (link to this page)

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