Imperial Hygiene

A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health

Authors: Bashford, A.

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This is a cultural history of borders, hygiene and race. It is about foreign bodies, from Victorian Vaccines to the pathologized interwar immigrant, from smallpox quarantine to the leper colony, from sexual hygiene to national hygiene to imperial hygiene. Taking British colonialism and White Australia as case studies, the book examines public health as spatialized biopolitical governance between 1850 and 1950. Colonial management of race dovetailed with public health into new boundaries of rule, into racialised cordons sanitaires .

About the authors

Alison Bashford is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has taught Pacific and Australian history at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Harvard University, USA.

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This book weaves the history of public health, nationalism and race in Australia and the British Empire into a master narrative of imperial projects on hygiene, segregation and borders. Imperial Hygiene broke new ground in the global history of medicine and in the years to come will remain a vital text for scholars working on colonial and global health.'

Dr Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Kent, UK

"Bashford delivers a very innovative study on colonial medicine in the global context of nationalism." - Eva Marie Stolberg, H-Net

"Bashford's book provides a very interesting overarching historical narrative of how spatial management of health and race were central to the process of nation-building in Australia." - Amna Khalid, BJHS


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Lines of hygiene, boundaries of rule

    Bashford, Alison

    Pages 1-13

  • Vaccination: Foreign Bodies, Contagion and Colonialism

    Bashford, Alison

    Pages 14-38

  • Smallpox: The Spaces and Subjects of Public Health

    Bashford, Alison

    Pages 39-58

  • Tuberculosis: Governing Healthy Citizens

    Bashford, Alison

    Pages 59-80

  • Leprosy: Segregation and Imperial Hygiene

    Bashford, Alison

    Pages 81-114

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imperial Hygiene
Book Subtitle
A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50818-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230508187
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-0488-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-42921-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50956-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 264
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