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[Media Watch] A complex minuet: behaviour change at the large scale

21:31 EDT 9 Sep 2019 | The Lancet

Hysteresis, Epistemic Diplomacy, and Colonialism's Last Gasp: Controlling Disease in southeast Asia might be a better title for Sarah Davies' book Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in southeast Asia. Its prosaic title does not do justice to a revealing and subtle account of negotiations between governments and international agencies, while carefully protecting the identity of the author's informants. In diplomatic and largely neutral language, it describes the tense stand-offs, compromises, constructive ambiguities, personal bargains, and UN confusions within which technical experts of different levels of competence and resource contrived to prevent infectious disease outbreaks.

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