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Author Manderson, Lenore.

Title Sickness and the state : health and illness in colonial Malaya, 1870-1940 / Lenore Manderson
Published Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 1996


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Description xix, 315 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Series Otto Hirschfeld Memorial Collection
Otto Hirschfeld Memorial Collection
Contents 1. Introduction: Imposing the empire -- 2. State statistics and corporeal reality: Problems of epidemiology and evidence -- 3. Biology, medical ideas and the social context of illness -- 4. Public health and the pathogenic city -- 5. Sickness and the world of work: The men on the estates -- 6. Brothel politics and the bodies of women -- 7. Domestic lives: Reproduction, the mother and the child -- 8. Conclusion: The moral logic of colonial medicine
Summary Viewing colonial Malaya through a series of complex lenses, the book integrates social and material history, historical epidemiology and demography, as well as theories of political economy, feminism and postcolonialism
This unique book is a history of health, disease and government policy in colonial Malaya. With insight and clarity, it explores the relationships between biology, environment, population and the structures and requirements of the state. The first account of its kind, it covers the period from the establishment of Colonial Office control to the outbreak of World War II. As she traces the impact of colonialism on health, Lenore Manderson notes that this period was marked by dramatic economic expansion, rapid population growth and changes in patterns of infection. Drawing on the contrasting environments created by colonial capitalism, the book emphasises the role of medicine in legitimating the colonial presence, reinforcing colonial hierarchies and providing a moral logic for imperialism. Much of it also focuses on the populations themselves, on the people whose ill health was directly related to the social and political economy of colonialism
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Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 289-308
Subject Medical care -- Malaysia -- History.
Medical care -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Medical policy -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Public health -- Social aspects -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Public health -- Social aspects -- Malaysia -- History.
Public health -- Malaysia -- History.
Public health -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Social medicine -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Public Health -- history.
Health Policy -- history.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Social Medicine -- history.
Malaya (Malaysia) -- Colonization
Malaysia -- Colonization.
LC no. 95042786
ISBN 052156008X
(HB : alk paper)