The Social Construction of SARS

Studies of a health communication crisis

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| Hong Kong Baptist University
| Hong Kong Baptist University
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When the SARS virus began its spread from southern China around the world in spring 2003, it caught regional and international health officials by surprise. The SARS epidemic itself lasted for only a few months, whereas its treatment, in communicative terms, keeps providing us with important lessons that can prepare us all for the much larger pandemic that many are predicting will eventually occur. While the medical aspects of SARS are now relatively well understood, the discursive rhetorical dimensions are much less so.

As an international epidemic, SARS arrived in a number of distinctive societies with the result that different communities handled the crisis in different ways, some far more effectively than others. Accordingly, the 12 chapters in The Social Construction of SARS are studies of how a major health-related crisis was understood and dealt with from a communicative perspective in such diverse places as Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada and the United States during the SARS outbreak.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
John H. Powers
1–13
Part I. Constructions of SARS in Hong Kong
15
1. Hong Kong's multiple constructions of SARS
John H. Powers and Gwendolyn Gong
17–31
2. A hero story without heroes: The Hong Kong government's narratives on SARS
Xiaosui Xiao
33–52
3. "SARS" versus "atypical pneumonia": Inconsistencies in Hong Kong's public health warnings and disease-prevention campaign
Gwendolyn Gong and Sam Dragga
53–68
4. Internet press freedom and online crisis reporting: The role of news web sites in the SARS epidemic
Alice Y.L. Lee
69–90
Part II. Constructions of SARS on the Chinese mainland
91
5. Party journalism vs. market journalism: The coverage of SARS by the People's Daily and Beijing Youth News
Huang Xiaoyan and Hao Xiaoming
93–107
6. Construction of nationalism and political legitimacy through rhetoric of the anti-SARS campaign: A fantasy theme analysis
Xing Lu
109–124
7. SARS discourse as an anti-SARS ideology: The case of Beijing
Hailong Tian
125–142
Part III. Constructions of SARS in Singapore and Taiwan
143
8. "Triumph over adversity": Singapore mobilizes Confucian values to combat SARS
Ian Weber, Tan Howe Yang and Law Loo Shien
145–162
9. Singapore at war: SARS and its metaphors
Chris Hudson
163–179
10. Reporting an emerging epidemic in Taiwan: Journalists' experiences of SARS coverage
Mei-Ling Hsu
181–199
Part IV. Cross national constructions of SARS
201
11. Newspaper coverage of the 2003 SARS outbreak
J. Brian Houston, Wen-Yu Chao and Sandra Ragan
203–221
12. Effects of rationality and story attributes on perceptions of SARS perception
Shuhua Zhou, Chia-Hsin Pan and Xin Zhong
223–240
Index
241–242
“The volume is indeed a multidisciplinary and multi-perspective examination of the multiple constructions of SARS in varied sociocultural contexts. A thorough and careful reading is recommended. What the reader can get from it is not only a comprehensive understanding as to how a health crisis is at the same time a communication crisis, but also insightful lessons to better tackle human crises with special regard to discourse and communication.”
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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
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