Accepted paper:

Contextualizing conspiracies weaved around the vaccination in Pakistan

Authors:

Inayat Ali (University of Vienna)

Paper short abstract:

This paper elucidates the conspiracies weaved around the vaccination regime in Pakistan. The conspiracies ultimately are making the elimination of infectious diseases difficult and leading towards the 'killing' of vaccination teams.

Paper long abstract:

The regime of vaccination is one among the valuable entry points for comprehending and explicating the conspiracism used as a mean to an end through 'spinning' and contextualizing the facts. This provides to understand the trust and mistrust among various stakeholders - local and global. There are pro and anti-movements of vaccination. The imposition and resentment lead towards 'not meeting the intended results' and 'killing of vaccination teams along-with security' in the country. The discourse is visible in everyday discussions in the course of life. The social media is one among the platforms of initiating the discourse through blaming - which is determined by some 'conspiracies' - 'each other'. Every stakeholder comes up with a 'logic'. It commenced as soon as the family planning programme was introduced in the country. The paper draws on the PhD fieldwork, which I conducted in one of the province of Pakistan in various phases.

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