Medicine At The Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present

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The threat of global pandemic disease is currently mobilizing experts, governments, and the exploding industry in 'security'; and yet this has all happened before. Medicine at the Border explores the pressing issues of border control and infectious disease in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Alison Bashford places world health in world history, microbes and their management in globalization, and disease in the history of international relations, bringing together leading scholars on the ...

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Overview

The threat of global pandemic disease is currently mobilizing experts, governments, and the exploding industry in 'security'; and yet this has all happened before. Medicine at the Border explores the pressing issues of border control and infectious disease in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Alison Bashford places world health in world history, microbes and their management in globalization, and disease in the history of international relations, bringing together leading scholars on the history and politics of global health. The contributions show how infectious disease has been central to the political, legal, and commercial history of nationalism, colonialism, and inter-nationalism over the modern period.

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"It is rare for an edited collection of essays to be of consistently high quality, relevance and readability. Medicine at the Border is one such volume . . . Combining the disciplines of history, anthropology, public health, and social policy, and bringing together scholars from five continents, Medicine at the Border shows how the study of contemporary public health demands the crossing of disciplinary boundaries." - Alex de Waal, Program Director, Social Science Research Council

"This book helps us make sense of the place of disease control in a globalized world. It shows how, historically, national, colonial, international and global issues have been enmeshed in the development of modern public health responses. It demonstrates the connections between nationalism and the use of the 'hygienic shield' of border regulation. I can recommend it to all those who want an informed analysis of the historical roots of current concerns about global pandemics." - Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK

"These wide-ranging and probing essays are an essential guide to the new and sometimes frightening world of biocommunication, biopreparedness and biosecurity. Together they reveal the larger biological and microbial dimensions of globalization and outline a telling post-colonial critique of the contemporary politics of national and international health." - Warwick Anderson, University of Wisconsin, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137444660
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,050,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Bashford is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, UK and is author of many studies that bring world history, environmental history and medical history together. Her most recent book is Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth (2014). She has taught at Harvard University, the Australian National University, and for many years was Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: 'The Age of Universal Contagion': Disease, History and Globalization; A.Bashford
PART I: WORLD HEALTH: COLONIAL AND NATIONAL HISTORIES
2. Civilizing the State: Borders, Weak States and International Health in Modern Europe; P.Zylberman
3. Yellow Fever Crusade: US Colonialism, Tropical Medicine, and the International Politics of Mosquito Control, 1900-20; A.M.Stern
4. WHO-led or WHO-managed? Re-assessing the Smallpox Eradication Programme in India, 1960-80; S.Bhattacharya
5. The World Health Organisation and the Transition from 'International' to 'Global' Health; T.M.Brown, M.Cueto and E.Fee
PART II: NATIONAL SECURITY: MIGRATION, TERRITORY AND BORDER REGULATION
6. Where is the Border? Turberculosis Screening in the United Kingdom and Australia, 1950-2000; I.Convery, J.Welshman and A.Bashford
7. Medical Humanitarianism in and beyond France: Breaking Down or Patrolling Borders?; M.Ticktin
8. Screening out Diseased Bodies: Immigration, Mandatory HIV Testing, and the Making of a Healthy Canada; R.Mawani
9. Passports and Pestilence: Migration, Security and Contemporary Border Control of Infectious Diseases; R.J.Coker and A.Ingram
PART III: GLOBALIZATION: DETERRITORIALIZED HEALTH?
10. Drawing the Lines: Danger and Risk in the Age of SARS; C.Hooker
11. Biosecurity: Friend or Foe for Public Health Governance?; D.P.Fidler
12. Postcard from Plaguetown: SARS and the Exoticisation of Toronto; C.Strange
13. The Geopolitics of Global Public Health Surveillance in the Twenty-First Century; L.Weir and E.Mykhalovskiy

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