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Att iscensätta apokalypsen: Zombiemetaforer i den samtida katastrofberedskapen
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 2, 155-179 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the turn of the millennium, enactment of possible emergencies and catastrophes has become

a most common way of producing knowledge about events yet to occur. Preparedness exercises

are frequently performed by public authorities at local and regional levels. Collaborative

approaches among relevant actors are enhanced and evaluated through simulated accidents and

acts of terror as well as school shootings and epidemic outbreaks. Due to the incalculability of

many modern threats, enactment is employed as a method for rendering potential future events

available as empirical phenomena. However, sometimes these potential futures are represented

in ways that correspond only to imagined and fictional worlds. The aim of this article is to explore

the enactment of unreal possibilities in contemporary preparedness exercises. The empirical

material employed for this purpose consists of crisis plans and exercise guides used in public

and official institutions in the United States as well as qualitative interviews with municipal

safety coordinators in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 52, no 2, 155-179 p.
Keyword [en]
Enactment, Irrealis, Metaphors, Preparedness, Uncertainty, Zombies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25264ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982243209OAI: diva2:826369
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2016-09-27Bibliographically approved

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