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The printed press's representations of the 2005-2007 chikungunya epidemic in Reunion: Political polemics and (post)colonial disease
University of Bergen.
2012 (English)In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, Vol. 4, no 2, 227-242 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From 2005 to 2007 the French overseas department and Indian Ocean island of Réunion experienced for the first time ever an epidemic of chikungunya. Chikungunya is a vector-spread disease by mosquitoes that leads to painful rheumatic symptoms, and infected approximately one-third of the island's population of approximately 802,000 inhabitants. This article is based upon a discourse analysis of text and images of 111 articles on chikungunya in Réunion's two main newspapers. During the epidemic the Réunionese printed press functioned as a provider of information, and an instigator of political polemics. The newspapers' criticism responded to 'orientalist' representations of chikungunya within national press - and officialdom, but also reflected local perceptions of neglect and abandonment by the French nation state. While taking issue with other studies of press coverage of the outbreak, however, I argue that the polemics illustrate historical Réunionese geopolitical identifications with France, instead of postcolonial opposition. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] 

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Intellect Ltd., 2012. Vol. 4, no 2, 227-242 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85503DOI: 10.1386/jams.4.2.227_1.OAI: diva2:693948
Available from: 2014-02-05 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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