Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare / Edition 1

Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare / Edition 1

by Charles L. Briggs, Clara Mantini-Briggs, Clara Mantini-Briggs, Clara Mantini-Briggs
     
 

"Ten years ago, cholera ‘raced’ through part of eastern Venezuela, moving along social fault lines long in the making. This harrowing and beautifully written account chronicles a complex array of social responses to an epidemic and shows us what an engaged and responsible anthropology can offer those seeking to understand and prevent such

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"Ten years ago, cholera ‘raced’ through part of eastern Venezuela, moving along social fault lines long in the making. This harrowing and beautifully written account chronicles a complex array of social responses to an epidemic and shows us what an engaged and responsible anthropology can offer those seeking to understand and prevent such plagues—and the injustices that foster them. Stories in the Time of Cholera is sure to have broad appeal within the social sciences and public health, and it should be required reading for public authorities and the press, whose prejudices clearly compounded the injuries meted out by the microbe itself. This is an exceedingly important book."—Paul Farmer, author of
Infections and
Inequalities

"Sometimes the historian can only envy the ethnographer's ability to observe and configure complex social and conceptual worlds. This study of cholera constitutes one of those occasions: I can only admire the authors' ability to unravel class, attitudinal, and institutional relationships, using social responses to cholera as their sampling device."—Charles E. Rosenberg, author of Explaining Epidemics

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243880
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
821,447
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Prefacexv
Acknowledgmentsxxi
Introduction: Death in the Delta1
1Preparing for a Bacterial Invasion: Cholera and Inequality in Venezuela19
2Epidemic at the Door: Cholera Prevention in the Bureaucratic Imaginary of Delta Amacuro48
3Stories of an Epidemic Foretold: Cholera Reaches Mariusa59
4Fighting Death in a Regional Clinic: Cholera Arrives in Pedernales81
5Turning Chaos Into Control: Initial Responses by Regional Institutions98
6Containing an Indigenous Invasion: Quarantine in Barrancas138
7Exile and Internment: The Mariusans on La Tortuga163
8Medicine, Magic, and Military Might: Cholera Control on La Tortuga179
9Culture Equals Cholera: Official Explanations for the Epidemic199
10Challenging the Logic of Culture: Resisting Official Explanations for the Epidemic224
11Local Numbers and Global Power: The Role of Statistics256
12Sanitation and Global Citizenship: International Institutions and the Latin American Epidemic269
13Virulent Aftermath: The Consequences of the Epidemic298
Notes333
Bibliography373
Index405

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