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A global history

In this book scholars from across the globe investigate changes in ‘society’ and ‘nation’ over time through the lens of immunisation. Such an analysis unmasks the idea of vaccination as a simple health technology and makes visible the social and political complexities in which vaccination programmes are embedded. The collection of essays gives a comparative overview of immunisation at different times in widely different parts of the world and under different types of political regime. Core themes in the chapters include immunisation as an element of state formation; citizens’ articulation of seeing (or not seeing) their needs incorporated into public health practice; allegations that development aid is inappropriately steering third-world health policies; and an ideological shift that treats vaccines as marketable and profitable commodities rather than as essential tools of public health. Throughout, the authors explore relationships among vaccination, vaccine-making, and the discourses and debates on citizenship and nationhood that have accompanied mass vaccination campaigns. The thoughtful investigations of vaccination in relation to state power, concepts of national identify (and sense of solidarity) and individual citizens’ sense of obligation to self and others are completed by an afterword by eminent historian of vaccination William Muraskin. Reflecting on the well-funded global initiatives which do not correspond to the needs of poor countries, Muraskin asserts that an elite fraternity of self-selected global health leaders has undermined the United Nations system of collective health policy determination by launching global disease eradication and immunisation programmes over the last twenty years.

The cultural construction of opposition to immunisation in India
Niels Brimnes

Rajagopalachari could accept being treated like American Indians or ‘dependent communities’! One of Rajagopalachari's many correspondents made the point even clearer: ‘The Britishers would never have done it, not even in Kenya’. 77 BCG was again seen as an act of betrayal, this time against the newly won nationhood. Immunisation as neo-colonial conspiracy After the BCG controversy died down towards the end of the 1950s, the following

in The politics of vaccination
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Paul Greenough
Stuart Blume
, and
Christine Holmberg

awkward intrusion into healthy bodies, have at different times and places strengthened or weakened social cohesion. This book's eleven chapters and afterword document key campaigns against major infections since 1800 (but mostly after 1950) in Europe, South and East Asia, West Africa and the Americas. Throughout, the authors explore relationships among vaccination, vaccine-making and the discourses and debates on citizenship and nationhood that

in The politics of vaccination
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Benoît Majerus
Joris Vandendriessche

University Press , 2019) ; M . van Ginderachter and M . Beyen , Nationhood from Below: Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century ( Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan , 2012) . 29 J. Vandendriessche , ‘ Turning journals into encyclopaedias: medical editorship and reprinting in

in Medical histories of Belgium
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Jane Brooks

nation.21 Indeed, Summerfield maintains elsewhere that ‘home’ is the cornerstone of the nation.22 Nationhood is imagined as an unchanging space in which ‘we’ are safe, safe because we are ‘at home’ – the place always imagined as providing the quintessence of ‘emotional security’.23 For the troops on active service overseas the physical space of home was understood as a place of sanctity where they could experience ‘a sense of belonging a feeling of relaxation and comfort’.24 But it also needed to be a perennially secure space worthy of defending, a ‘domestic idyll

in Negotiating nursing
Jolien Gijbels
Kaat Wils

J . Hoegaerts , Masculinity and Nationhood, 1830–1910: Constructions of Identity and Citizenship in Belgium ( Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan , 2014 ), 43–56 . 73 Nys, ‘De Ruiters van de Apocalyps?’, 20–2; L . Nys , ‘ De grote school

in Medical histories of Belgium