SARS and Security: Health in the 'New Normal'

24 June 2014

In "SARS and Security: Health in the "New Normal,"" Claire Hooker and Harris Ali illustrate how the boundaries between public health and national security are being blurred in the present age. The authors show how the "new normal" is an ideology that constructs the world as inherently insecure. Their paper demonstrates how this ideology converges along a number of tangents with neoliberalism that has repercussions for how matters of public health and national security are being reimagined in North America. The new normal, as the authors argue, is a discursive frame that shapes how governments interpret and respond to crises in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the worldwide outbreak of SARS.