This paper explores the events of August 16, 2014 in West Point, a community in Liberia. In the midst of the Ebola epidemic, the holding centre established in this community was raided by residents.
By looking at the newspaper headlines as a source of information for available to the community, this paper provides a starting point to examine the events through the lens of moral panic. As with most writing about outbreaks, there is also the underlying outbreak narrative which is barely perceived due to its prevalence in western storytelling. This paper explores the objects constructed by these discourses and how readers of headlines could have been positioned in ways which make the raid on the holding center inevitable.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||North African Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Contagion, Ebola, Headlines, Narrative, Outbreak, Panic, Reader positioning, Violence|
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