Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London

Authors: Newsom Kerr, Matthew

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  • Presents a cultural history of infectious disease and urban life
  • Addresses long-neglected topics in the history of public health
  • Appeals to scholars of public health history, London history, the cultural history of medicine, and biopolitics 
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This book is a history of London’s vast network of fever and smallpox hospitals, built by the Metropolitan Asylums Board between 1870 and 1900. Unprecedented in size and scope, this public infrastructure inaugurated a new technology of disease prevention—isolation. Londoners suffering from infectious diseases submitted themselves to far-reaching forms of surveillance, removal, and detention, which made them legible to science and the state in entirely new ways. Isolation on a mass scale transformed the meaning of urban epidemics and introduced contentious new relationships between health, citizenship, and the spaces of modern governance. Rich in archival sources and images, this engaging book offers innovative analysis at the intersection of preventive medicine and Victorian-era liberalism.

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Matthew L. Newsom Kerr is Assistant Professor of History at Santa Clara University, USA.

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“Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London will appeal to readers in a range of disciplines, including urban history, medical geography, history of medicine, political history, and social history. It is a compelling, well-written book that makes a particularly strong contribution to the histories of epidemiology and smallpox. Above all, it is a chilling reminder of the importance of place in public health.” (Annmarie Adams, Technology and Culture, Vol. 61 (1), 2020)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Isolation, Liberalism, Biopower

    Pages 1-29

    Newsom Kerr, Matthew L.

  • Victorian Plague Town: Quarantines, Hospitals, and the Political Birth of Isolation

    Pages 31-82

    Newsom Kerr, Matthew L.

  • Persons Out of Place: Seclusion and Scandal in the Workhouse Hospital

    Pages 83-117

    Newsom Kerr, Matthew L.

  • Sanitary Citizens: Masculinity, Consent, and Franchise

    Pages 119-170

    Newsom Kerr, Matthew L.

  • Machines of Security: Architecture, Geography, and Metropolitan Governance

    Pages 171-230

    Newsom Kerr, Matthew L.

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65768-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65768-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65767-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88100-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 370
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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