Susan Sered

Susan Sered is a professor of sociology at Suffolk University and the author of seven books and dozens of academic and popular articles.

Articles by this author

Americans, like people in many countries, hold onto oddly inaccurate nostalgia about how war brings us together as a nation. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 03, 2020
Why 'Waging War' on Coronavirus Is a Dangerous Metaphor
“We’re at war with the virus.” ( Pres. Candidate and Former Vice-Pres. Joe Biden ) "I view it—in a sense as a wartime president." (Pres. Donald Trump ) “The president said this is a war. I agree with that. This is a war.” ( Gov. Andrew Cuomo ) I have been feeling troubled by the use of war...
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
A Serious Response Is Needed, But Let's Not "Wage War" on Zika
The emergence and spread of the Zika virus is worrisome on many levels: it highlights the impact of global warming on the spread of infectious and mosquito-borne diseases and the reality that the poorest families in Brazil and other countries disproportionately bear the burdens of global warming...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Why Can't US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without 'Waging War' and 'Sending Troops'?
A fact sheet released on Tuesday by the White House outlines an expanded government commitment in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “[T]he humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States. In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the...
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