1st Edition

Migrants, Minorities & Health Historical and Contemporary Studies

Edited By Lara Marks, Michael Worboys Copyright 1997
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    How has twentieth-century medicine dealt with immigrants and minorities? The contributors to Migrants, Minorities and Health have studied a number of different types of migrant and minority groups from different societies around the world in order to examine the complex relations between health issues and ideas of ethnicity and race. The collection explores the historical origins and the contemporary power of stereotypical views—of immigrants as importers of disease, for instance, or of minorities as a source of infection in the host society. The authors show how ideas of ethnicity and race have shaped, and in turn have been influenced by, the construction of medical ideas. Challenging our common assumptions about migrants, minorities and health, this collection brings together new perspectives from a variety of disciplines. It will make fascinating reading for social historians, medical historians and social policy makers.

    First Published in 2004. 1 INTRODUCTION 2 ‘DISEASE, DEFILEMENT, DEPRAVITY’: TOWARDS AN AESTHETIC ANALYSIS OF HEALTH The case of the Chinese in nineteenth-century Australia 3 MIGRATION, PROSTITUTION AND MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE IN EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY MALAYA 4 RACIALISM AND INFANT DEATH Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sociomedical discourses on African American infant mortality 5 A DISEASE OF CIVILISATION Tuberculosis in Britain, Africa and India, 1900–39 6 GOVERNMENT POLICY AND THE HEALTH STATUS OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, 1945–72 7 FROM VISIBLE TO INVISIBLE The ‘problem’ of the health of Irish people in Britain 8 ETHNIC ADVANTAGE Infant survival among Jewish and Bengali immigrants in East London, 1870–1990 9 GREEK MIGRANTS IN AUSTRALIA Surviving well and helping their hosts 10 SOUTHERN ITALIAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AND THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM OF MEDICALISED PREJUDICE 11 THE POWER OF THE EXPERTS The plurality of beliefs and practices concerning health and illness among Bangladeshis in contemporary Tower Hamlets, London 12 WHO’S DEFINITION? Australian Aborigines, conceptualisations of health and the World Health Organisation


    Lara Marks is Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London. Michael Worboys is Head of Research at the School of Cultural Studies, Sheffield Hallam University.

    `Key to the success of this work is the editor's willingness to draw together essays from diverse disciplines and countries.' - Amy L Fairchild, Medical History

    `The essays...help to challenge long-held assumptions about the relationship between migrants, minorities, and health.' - Amy Fairchild

    `But while reinforcing common themes, the authors and editors resist simple formulations.' - Amy Fairchild

    '...an important resource for historians and medical sociologists - Waltraud Ernst and Kate Reed Social History of Medicine Vol. 12, No. 2, 1999

    'Provides a very solid set of case studies'. - Journal of Biosocial Science, Susan B. Hyatt