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Title: How Pandemic Films Help Us Understand Outbreaks: Implications for Futures and Foresight
Authors: Song, Zhaoli 
Fergnani, Alessandro
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Song, Zhaoli, Fergnani, Alessandro (2022-03). How Pandemic Films Help Us Understand Outbreaks: Implications for Futures and Foresight. World Futures Review 14 (1) : 1-28. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract:  We analyzed 30 pandemic films and developed a processual model to explain the social-level coping mechanisms to confront pandemics as portrayed in films. The model describes the underlying collective understanding of disease outbreaks. The model suggests that pandemic films divide the disease outbreak into three phases: emergence, transmission, and termination. Concurrently, three social processes tend to be activated to cope with the pandemic: healthcare, political, and public awareness. This model is used to compare the social imaginary reflected in films with the current COVID-19 outbreak. The resemblance of the model and the current outbreak suggests that fictional pandemic films may still follow our collective understanding of the pandemic dynamics. Four scenarios are suggested as road maps for futures and foresight practice concerned with future pandemic outbreaks.
Source Title: World Futures Review
ISSN: 1946-7567
DOI: 10.1177/19467567221076569
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