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Global Epidemics, Local Implications

African Immigrants and the Ebola Crisis in Dallas

Kevin J. A. Thomas

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How fear and stigma affected the lives of African immigrants during the global Ebola epidemic—and the resilient ways in which immigrant communities responded.

In December 2013, a series of Ebola infections in Meliandou, Guinea, set off a chain of events culminating in the world's largest Ebola epidemic. Concerns about the virus in the United States reached a peak when Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family in Dallas, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola and die of the disease on US soil.

In Global Epidemics, Local Implications, Kevin J. A. Thomas highlights the complex…

How fear and stigma affected the lives of African immigrants during the global Ebola epidemic—and the resilient ways in which immigrant communities responded.

In December 2013, a series of Ebola infections in Meliandou, Guinea, set off a chain of events culminating in the world's largest Ebola epidemic. Concerns about the virus in the United States reached a peak when Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family in Dallas, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola and die of the disease on US soil.

In Global Epidemics, Local Implications, Kevin J. A. Thomas highlights the complex ways in which disease outbreaks that begin in one part of the world affect the lives of immigrants in another. Drawing on information from a community survey, participant observations, government documents, and newspapers, Thomas examines how African immigrants were negatively affected by public backlash and their agency and resilience in responding to the consequences of epidemic. Ultimately, this book shows how these responses underscore the importance of immigrant resources for developing public health interventions.

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Taking a well-articulated case study approach, Thomas highlights the impact of global epidemics across the social and economic development spectrum. Covering the necessary biological, social, and structural influences on the Ebola virus disease process, as well as global and local community response to the Ebola outbreak, this book will be of interest to a broad readership. It will also be a very useful teaching tool.

Global Epidemics, Local Implications offers a masterful case study of the Ebola outbreak in Dallas to show how partnering with its African immigrant community, rather than blaming and stigmatizing it, ultimately worked to defuse the crisis. A must-read for all who care about health in a globalized world.

In this eye-opening, important book, Thomas brings the study of immigrant incorporation and epidemics together in a creative and ground-breaking account that should be required reading for scholars of immigration and global health.

In Global Epidemics, Local Implications, Kevin J. A. Thomas brings the global epidemic of Ebola into the conversation about global migration and intercommunication among nations and people. The issues discussed in this book are relevant for current debates about immigration and quality of life in receiving nations like the United States. This book is a winner both for its theoretical and methodological achievements.

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9781421432991
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. International Migration, Ebola, and Responses to Global Epidemics
Chapter 2. Fear, Blame, and the Social Response to Epidemics
Chapter 3. Solidarity and Support among

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. International Migration, Ebola, and Responses to Global Epidemics
Chapter 2. Fear, Blame, and the Social Response to Epidemics
Chapter 3. Solidarity and Support among Africans in Dallas
Chapter 4. Experiencing the Consequences of the Epidemic in West Africa
Chapter 5. The Tragedy in Dallas
Chapter 6. Africans as Untouchables
Chapter 7. Fighting Back
Chapter 8. Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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Kevin J. A. Thomas

Kevin J. A. Thomas is a professor of sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases and Diverse Pathways: Race and the Incorporation of Black, White, and Arab-Origin Africans in the United States.