UNMASKED: COVID, COMMUNITY, AND THE CASE OF OKOBOJI
ABOUT THE BOOK
"Unmasked" is the story of what happened in Okoboji, a small Iowan tourist town, when a collective turn from the coronavirus to the economy occurred in the COVID summer of 2020. State political failures, local negotiations among political and public health leaders, and community (dis)belief about the virus resulted in Okoboji being declared a hotspot just before the Independence Day weekend, when an influx of half a million people visit the town.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Mendenhall is a professor of global health in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is the author of "Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements of Trauma, Poverty, and HIV" and "Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women" and co-editor of "Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives ."