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Palgrave Macmillan

Migration, Health and Ethnicity in the Modern World

ISBN 9781137303226
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History

This volume examines the relationship between migration, health and illness in a global context from c.1820 to the present day. Bringing together leading scholars from the history of medicine and social policy, it assesses the changing health status of migrant groups in a period encompassing Imperial expansion, decolonisation and new waves of economic and political migration in the twentieth century. Focusing chiefly on the Anglophone world, the volume takes a wide range of case studies to explore the themes of epidemic disease and its containment, chronic illness and mental breakdown in Britain, the US, Israel and the Caribbean. The concerns of the volume echo and enable reflection upon the health challenges experienced by migrants and countries of destinations in recent years.

Catherine Cox is Lecturer in Irish history and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine of Ireland. She is author of Insanity in the Southeast of Ireland, 1820-1900 and, with Maria Luddy, co-editor of Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History 1750-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Hilary Marland is Professor of History and founding Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, UK. She is author of Medicine and Society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870 (Thesis, 1987, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Migration, Health and Ethnicity in the Modern World; Catherine Cox and Hilary Marland
1. Insanity and Immigration Restriction; Alison Bashford
2. Itineraries and Experiences of Insanity: Irish Migration and the Management of Mental Illness in Nineteenth-Century Lancashire; Catherine Cox, Hilary Marland and Sarah York
3. Migration and Mental Illness in the British West Indies 1838-1900: The Cases of Trinidad and British Guiana; Letizia Gramaglia
4. The Colonial Travels and Travails of Smallpox Vaccine, c.1820–1840; Katherine Foxhall
5. Victim or Vector? Tubercular Irish Nurses in England 1930-1960; Anne MacLellan
6. Immigration, Ethnicity and 'Public' Health Policy in Postcolonial Britain; Robert Bivins
7. Immigration and Body Politic: Vaccination Policy and Practices during Mass Immigration to Israel (1948-1956); Nadav Davidovitch
8. From the Cycle of Deprivation to Troubled Families: Ethnicity and the Underclass Concept; John Welshman

Alison Bashford, University of Sydney, Australia
Roberta Bivins, University of Warwick, UK
Nadav Davidovitch, MD, MPH, PhD, public health physician
Katherine Foxhall, King's College London, UK
Letizia Gramaglia, University of Warwick, UK
Anne Mac Lellan, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
John Welshman, Lancaster University, UK


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