Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the by Neel Ahuja

By Neel Ahuja

In Bioinsecurities Neel Ahuja argues that U.S. imperial enlargement has been formed through the makes an attempt of health and wellbeing and armed forces officers to manage the interactions of people, animals, viruses, and micro organism on the borders of U.S. impression, a phenomenon known as the govt of species. The booklet explores efforts to regulate the unfold of Hansen's ailment, venereal ailment, polio, smallpox, and HIV via interventions linking the continental usa to Hawai'i, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Congo, Iraq, and India within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Ahuja argues that racial fears of contagion helped to supply public optimism relating country makes use of of prescribed drugs, clinical experimentation, army intervention, and incarceration to control the immune capacities of the physique. within the method, the protection country made the organic buildings of human and animal populations into websites of fight within the politics of empire, unleashing new sufferer activisms and sorts of resistance to clinical and armed forces authority around the more and more worldwide sphere of U.S. influence.

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