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How to Have Narrative-Flipping History in a Pandemic: Views of/from Latin America (2020)


This piece seeks to elucidate how and why Latin America is neither anecdotal nor peripheral to pandemic preoccupations—nor to larger health and disease narratives—past and present. First, it examines the world's proportionately most destructive pandemic as coterminous with the rise of imperialism. Next, it traces how the impetus for international health cooperation based on regional crises predated and informed efforts elsewhere. Finally, it explores two under-charted narratives: the creative harnessing of data produced under adversity, and alternative health solidarities that bypass reigning hierarchies of “humanitarian” aid. Together, these glimpses underscore a fundamental need for incorporating histories of and from Latin America to overcome the “history-telling injustice” created by the centuries-long Western dismissal of knowledge, practices, experiences, and existential meaning generated in the Global South. In short, these accounts provide a more complex and possibility-filled restructuring of dominant narratives around the diverse trajectories and consequences, as well as varieties of resistance, that shape understandings of pandemics.

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Authors & Contributors
Fidler, David P.
Koch, Tom
Abeysinghe, Sudeepa
Jahn, Stefanie
Janakan, Gnananandan
Ellis, Harold
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Science in Context
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Journal of Medical Biography
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Chicago Press
University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Cambridge University
Cambridge University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Public health
Infectious diseases
Medicine and society
Disease and diseases
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
Early modern
London (England)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
International Red Cross
World Health Organization (WHO)
Canadian Red Cross

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