City of Plagues: Disease, Poverty and Deviance in San Francisco

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An absorbing look at the role of disease and health policy in the construction of race, gender, and class and in urban development in nineteenth- and twentieth-century San Francisco."Craddock's provocative work offers an invaluable perspective on public health and the construction of race that speaks not only to the past but also to the present." -Bulletin of the History of Medicine "City of Plagues should fuel excitement and increase other geographers' notice of the remarkable work emanating from it. It simply and brilliantly traces how the often-argued triad of power/knowledge/space actually works in a particular place, at a particular time, and around a particular issue. Meticulous and nuanced." -Environment and Planning D: Society and Space "This book provides an engaging, readable, and well-researched account of the social, political, and medical responses to infectious diseases in San Francisco from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. A wealth of material is brought together to describe, in a geographical, historical, and cultural framework, the experience, among San Francisco's population, of diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, plague, and, latterly, HIV and AIDS." -Environment and Planning A Susan Craddock is associate professor in the Department of Women's Studies and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816630486
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Tuberculosis, Tenements, and the Epistemology of Neglect 21
2 Sewers and Scapegoats Epidemic Diseases and Their Spatial Metaphors in San Francisco, 1868-87 61
3 Negotiating the Boundaries, Policing the Borders of Disease 103
4 Structures of Susceptibility and the Architecture of Disease: The Plague Epidemics of 1900 and 1907 124
5 Reforming Bodies: Poverty, Discipline, and the Sanatorium Experience 161
6 Reforming the City: Domestic Restructuring and the Tuberculosis Hospital 198
7 Envisioning an Epilogue to Urban Maladies 246
Notes 259
Bibliography 275
Index 293
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