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Sickness and the State

Sickness and the State
Health and Illness in Colonial Malaya, 1870–1940


  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524483

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  • This 1996 book is a history of health and disease in colonial Malaya from colonisation to the outbreak of World War II. This was a period 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 colonial presence and shows that the ill-health of individual populations was directly related to their social and political climate. 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. In doing so, it offers a compelling account of the history of disease and changing health status under colonialism.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524483
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 1 map 47 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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.

  • Author

    Lenore Manderson, University of Queensland

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