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The Colour of Disease

Syphilis and Racism in South Africa, 1880-1950

Authors: Jochelson, K.

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Today AIDS dominates the headlines. A century ago it was fears of syphilis epidemics. This book looks at how the spread of syphilis was linked to socio-economic transformation land dispossession, migrancy and urbanisation disrupted social networks - factors similarly important in the AIDS crisis. Medical explanations of syphilis and state medical policy, however, were shaped by contemporary beliefs about race. Doctors drew on ideas from social Darwinism, eugenics, and social anthropology to explain the incidence of syphilis among poor whites and Africans, especially women, and to help define 'normal' and abnormal sexual behaviour for racial groups.

About the authors

KAREN JOCHELSON taught at the University of York, and then held a Wellcome research fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. Since completing an MBA at the London Business School she has consulted to business on sustainable development, human rights, biotechnology and stakeholder relations.

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'This is an innovative study in social and medical history. Following Randall Packard's book on tuberculosis, it is a pioneering analysis of a single disease and its ramification in the country's history. Understanding both the incidence, and treatment, of syphilis in South Africa demands attention to migrant labour, the development of medical services, prostitution and racial ideas. The approach adopted is also an excellent foundation for an analysis of the contemporary epidemic of AIDS which threatens to ravage the sub-continent. The final chapter makes such linkages explicit.' - William Beinart, Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Jochelson, Karen

  • Tracking Down the Treponema, 1880–1910

    Pages 10-33

    Jochelson, Karen

  • From Paupers to Pass Laws: Control of VD in the Cape and Transvaal, 1880–1910

    Pages 34-53

    Jochelson, Karen

  • VD and the ‘Poor White’ Problem in the 1920s and 1930s

    Pages 54-76

    Jochelson, Karen

  • VD Treatment and Educational Propaganda for Whites, 1910–1930s

    Pages 77-92

    Jochelson, Karen

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eBook $74.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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Softcover $99.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Colour of Disease
Book Subtitle
Syphilis and Racism in South Africa, 1880-1950
Authors
Series Title
St Antony's Series
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-333-99266-1
DOI
10.1057/9780333992661
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74044-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-40973-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 248
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