This book maps the tensions, overlaps, and contradictions within and between social and biological understandings of disease and crime. It considers how and why disease—and, in particular, infectious disease—has come, reciprocally, to be framed as 'criminal.'
Table of Contents
Introduction: Pathologizing Crime, Criminalizing Disease Part I 1. Hong Kong’s Floating World: Disease and Crime at the Edge of Empire 2. Sexual Deviancies, Disease, and Crime in Cesare Lombroso and the “Italian School” of Criminal Anthropology 3. Pathological Properties: Scenes of Crime, Sites of Infection 4. Morality Plays: Presentations of Criminality and Disease in Nazi Ghettos and Concentration Camps Part II 5. The “Bad” and the “Sick”: Medicalizing Deviance in China 6. Contagious Wilderness: Avian Flu and Suburban Riots in the French Media 7. The Criminalization of Industrial Disease: Epidemiology in a Japanese Asbestos Lawsuit 8. Crime Between History and Natural History
Robert Peckham is Co-Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches in the Department of History.