Securitizing Borderless Diseases: The case of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sofie Hansen, Christoffer Jakshøj & Mie Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This chapter investigates how the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak was securitised, and in turn how this securitization affected the sovereignty and development of Sierra Leone. Drawing on the Copenhagen School theory on securitization combined with Elbe’s notions of Medicalized Insecurity the chapter examines the process of securitising the Ebola outbreak. Hereafter the concept of Medicalised Nativism is applied to provide insight into the everyday effects of the outbreak on locals and to provide insight into the narratives of the outbreak and their influence on creating stigmatisation and discrimination. The chapter finds that the outbreak have affected both sovereignty and development in Sierra Leone, when considering power relations, narratives, and the processes of securitisation and bordering.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jan. 2016
VejledereJacob Rasmussen


  • Securitization
  • Power Relations
  • Medicalised Nativism
  • Medicalization
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ebola