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Working Paper 02/2020

Gadebusch Bondio, Mariacarla/Söderfeldt, Ylva:"A sanitary war". Corona, medical power(lessness) and responsibilization. Working Paper des SFB 1369 ,Vigilanzkulturen' 2 (2020).

In this working paper the authors off er a review of the fi rst medical and political reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses to their nations made by political representatives of four European countries (Sweden, Italy, France and Germany), all of which were aff ected by the novel coronavirus at diff erent times and with different
severity levels, form the foundation of our study. How these addresses serve to legitimize restrictions to freedom and appeal to the sense of responsibility of citizens, reveals contrasting ways of controlling bodies in the interest of preserving health. Crucially, public health concerns are at the center of both types of pandemic
control. Here, past promises of an allpowerful medical fi eld, equipped to overcome any ailment and to reshape human life, clash with a reality in which the medical world in turn is reliant upon political and social dynamics.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5282/ubm/epub.71985