Andrew Lincoln, left, and Norman Reedus star in the TV series The Walking Dead.
Andrew Lincoln, left, and Norman Reedus star in the TV series The Walking Dead. Contributed by Foxtel publicity

Zombie apocolypse about bonding in crisis, say researchers

ZOMBIES are all over modern pop culture, and two Sydney researchers believe the genre shows how people bond together in tragedy.

Writing on academic website The Conversation, University of Western Sydney researchers Juan Francisco Salazar and Stephen Healy said watching the zombie genre survivors showed how people handled the horrifying experience.

"But what attracts our attention in The Walking Dead is not the zombies but the survivors," they wrote.

"For them, such arcane meanings are less important than finding a way to continue to live.

"Or to put it another way: the importance is less on containing the zombie apocalypse but understanding the new complexities emerging from a zombie aftermath in which bare life and community economies must be redefined."

The zombie phenomenon has grown to the point the monsters have been incorporated into disaster preparedness. The United States Centre for Disease Control put together an emergency toolkit called Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

"The use of a zombie apocalypse allows us to think of possible disaster responses and the relation between collectivity and resilience," they wrote.

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