'Those lunatic zombies' : The discursive framing of Wuhan lockdown escapees in digital space

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Abstract

In the chapter, we investigate how Weibo users condemned the lockdown escapees. In particular, we examine the use of the predominant metaphors deployed to portray the Wuhan lockdown escapees and discuss how these metaphors contribute to their discursive representations. The findings will advance our understanding of how lockdown escapees were collaboratively stigmatized on the Internet, even though they were struggling to make life choices amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPandemic and Crisis Discourse : Communicating COVID-19 and Public Health Strategy
EditorsAndreas MUSOLFF, Ruth BREEZE, Kayo KONDO, Sara VILAR-LLUCH
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
Chapter19
Pages339-354
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781350232709
ISBN (Print)9781350232693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

This research is supported by Faculty Research Grant (#101884) of Lingnan University.

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