Disease, Health, and Power in Latin America, 1850-1990|
Fall 2015 not offered
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
When we think of historical change, we often look to people, wars, and discovery as key "moments" in history. Yet, we often overlook "biological" agents of change. Disease, next to man, has been one of the greatest changers in human history. Smallpox, for example, a disease that is now vaccinated, decimated Mesoamerican societies after the arrival of the Spanish to the Americas. In the late 1800s, developments in contagion theory spurred the development of the modern state and the professional medical field. Phrases such as, "hygiene," "germs," and "cleanliness" became common phrases that were given class, gender, and socioeconomic connections. The state equated healthy citizens as proper modern citizens and as examples of national development. Disease was equated with rural, economic, racial, and social backwardness that required transformation from the state. Often detrimental to long-term health, DDT spraying and the poisoning of the environment became common place. With the rise of globalization, diseases and health became global problems that united some nations and purposely excluded others. With this, the goals of "assisting" and "healing" became proxies for periods of neocolonialism and questionable medical testing among unsuspecting populations. This course will examine some of the most recent scholarship and provide students with an understanding of where the field of medical history in Latin America is heading.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Nancy Leys Stepan, THE HOUR OF EUGENICS: RACE, GENDER, AND NATION IN LATIN AMERICA
Steven Palmer, FROM POPULAR MEDICINE TO MEDICAL POPULISM: DOCTORS, HEALERS AND PUBLIC POWER IN COSTA RICA, 1800-1940
Kristin Ruggiero, MODERNITY IN THE FLESH: MEDICINE, LAW AND SOCIETY IN TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY ARGENTINA
Eric Carter, ENEMY IN THE BLOOD: MALARIA, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN ARGENTINA
Katherine Bliss, ELAINE COMPROMISED POSITIONS: PROSTITUTION, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND GENDER POLITICS IN REVOLUTIONARY MEXICO CITY
Marcos Cueto, COLD WAR, DEADLY FEVERS MALARIA ERADICATION IN MEXICO, 1955-1975
Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs. STORIES IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA RACIAL PROFILING DURING A MEDICAL NIGHTMARE.
Other readings TBA
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Students will be required to submit three reading response papers, make a class presentation, actively participate in class and submit a major research paper at the end of the semester.
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