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Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London


Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London



von: Matthew Newsom Kerr

95,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.10.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319657684
Sprache: englisch

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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. 
1. Isolation, Liberalism, Biopower2. The Victorian Plague Town3. Persons Out of Place: Seclusion and Scandal in the Workhouse Hospital4. Sanitary Citizens: Masculinity, Consent, and Franchise5. Machines of Security: Architecture, Geography, and Metropolitan Governance6. Drawing Circles around Smallpox Hospitals: Cartography, Calculation, and Surveillance7. Isolation Within Isolation: The Public and Personal Politics of Hospital Infection
Matthew L. Newsom Kerr is Assistant Professor of History at Santa Clara University, USA.
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. 
Presents a cultural history of infectious disease and urban lifeAddresses long-neglected topics in the history of public healthAppeals to scholars of public health history, London history, the cultural history of medicine, and biopolitics 
Presents a cultural history of infectious disease and urban lifeAddresses long-neglected topics in the history of public healthAppeals to scholars of public health history, London history, the cultural history of medicine, and biopolitics 

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