Entanglements of affect, space, and evidence in pandemic healthcare: An analysis of Australian healthcare workers’ experiences of COVID-19
Leah Williams Veazey, Alex Broom, Katherine Kenny, Chris Degeling, Suyin Hor, Jennifer Broom, Mary Wyer, Penelope Burns, Gwendolyn L Gilbert
Health & Place, volume 72, November 2021, 102693. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102693
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight both global interconnectedness and schisms across place, context and peoples. While countries such as Australia have securitised their borders in response to the global spread of disease, flows of information and collective affect continue to permeate these boundaries. Drawing on interviews with Australian healthcare workers, we examine how their experiences of the pandemic are shaped by affect and evidence ‘traveling’ across time and space. Our analysis points to the limitations of global health crisis responses that focus solely on material risk and spatial separation. Institutional responses must, we suggest, also consider the affective and discursive dimensions of health-related risk environments.