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Accepted Paper:

Coping strategies with swine flu in Ukraine  
Iwa Kolodziejska (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw)

Paper long abstract:

In autumn 2009 swine flu was a vital subject in Ukrainian public discourse.

How do inhabitants of Vinnytsia Oblast reacted on this so called crisis situation? Therapeutic and non-therapeutic strategies of coping with situation - officially called flu epidemic - will be discussed.

The perception of the swine flu itself and state imposed practices - as travel restrictions, surgical masks wearing duty for officials etc was strictly interconnected to the visions of the state and the crisis of the state structures. Presidential campaign was seen as playing prominent role in the occurrence of the "epidemic".

The problem of trust in the state structures and expert opinions monopolizing our view on danger (according to Beck) can be seen in individual choices of therapeutic and preventive strategies - starting with garlic necklaces for kids, through individual bio-medicines choices, to the eschatological visions connected with flu epidemic.

Panel W055
Disease as crisis, health as imagination
  Session 1