Understanding social resistance to Ebola response in the forest region of the Republic of Guinea: an anthropological perspective

Fairhead, James (2016) Understanding social resistance to Ebola response in the forest region of the Republic of Guinea: an anthropological perspective. African Studies Review, 59 (3). pp. 7-31. ISSN 0002-0206

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Abstract

Why did Ebola response initiatives in forest Guinea regularly encounter resistance, occasionally violent? Extending existing explanations concerning local and humanitarian ‘culture’ and ‘structural violence’, and drawing on previous anthropological fieldwork, historical and documentary research this paper argues that Ebola disrupted four intersecting but precarious social accommodations that had hitherto enabled radically different and massively unequal worlds to coexist. The disease and the humanitarian response unsettled social ‘accommodations’ that had become established between existing burial practices and hospital medicine, between local political structures and external political subjection, between mining interests and communities, and between those suspected of ‘sorcery’ and the suspicious.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ebola, Guinea, Violence, Resistance, Funerals, Party Politics, Mining, Sorcery
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 11:34
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60074

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