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Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907 (Radical Perspectives) Paperback – 30 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (30 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822334232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822334231
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,678,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[F]ascinating."
--Christopher Hamlin," American Historical Review"

"[T]imely and absorbing. . . .
--Susan Pedersen, "London Review of Books"

"Nadja Durbach's "Bodily Matters,.". should be welcomed by students of health, gender, and citizenship."
--Chris Dooley, "Left History"

"This outstandingly vital work is a breakthrough in the historiography of English anti-vaccinationism."
--Logie Barrow, "Medical History"

"Durbach provides a nuanced understanding of activists' words and actions."
--James Colgrove, "Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law"

""Bodily Matters" makes an important contribution to the contemporary reassessment of many facets of Victorian Culture."
--Martin Finchman, "Victorian Studies"

"[A] clearly argued and detailed examination. . . . "Bodily Matters "is an accessible work that should appeal to a broad range of readers."
--Dan Malleck, "History, Reviews of New Books"

"Nadia Durbach's book ... is a sympathetic, nuanced, well-researched, and clearly written account of antivaccinationism in its historical context."
--Peter Baldwin, "Bulletin of the History of Medicine"

""Bodily Matters" gives us a new insight into antivaccination but shows us that much remains to be discovered about this curious Victorian protest movement."
--Deborah Brunton, "Journal of British Studies"

""Bodily Matters "provides a detailed and meticulous study of the complexities of the movement. . . . [A] useful pioneering study of a neglected aspect of Victorian medical politics."
--Lesley A. Hall, "Victorians Institute Journal"

"Durbach has produced a rich and sympathetic picture of those stigmatised by many Victorians and their successors as mad, bad, dangerous, poor, stupid, or downright bloodyminded. . . . [An] important book. . . ."
--Chris Lawrence, "Metascience"

"[F]ascinating. . . . Durbach writes well, and her book provides . . . abundant opportunity to reflect upon the many ways in which arguments in health care frequently are 'about' a great deal more than initially appears to be the case."
--Edward E. St. Godard, "Canadian Medical Association Journal"

"[E]ngaging. . . . Durbach convincingly rescues the anti-vaccination movement from the fringes of medical, political, and social history, and demonstrates that anti-vaccinationists should be seen as central players in the construction of Victorianism. . . . [A] lively narrative."
--Marjorie Levine-Clark, "H-Net, H-Albion"

"[Durbach's] insightful study is the most comprehensive and sophisticated treatment of this profoundly misunderstood English movement. . . . [A] highly persuasive and ground-breaking analysis of the main ingredients of the Victorian anti-vaccination movement and its impact on Victorian society."
--Jennifer E. Keelan," Body and Society"

"Durbach writes about an important and little known footnote in the history of public health in a readable and accessible style. . . . recommend this to anyone with an interest in the history, politics or ethics of public health, and the vexed questions around personal liberty and the collective benefits
of medical technology."
--Christopher C. Potter, "Journal of Public Health"

"Clearly written and pointedly illustrated, the book focuses on the key events and strategies of the
anti-vaccinationists' campaign. . . . "Bodily Matters" is not, however, simply a contribution to the subdiscipline of medical history. Big themes of general British nineteenth-century history play a
significant part in this story, and anti-vaccinationism, as Durbach shows, provides a useful example of the tensions between Old Liberalism and New Liberalism, class relations, gender issues, and resistance to state intervention."
--Anne Hardy, "History"

“All too often the large-scale resistance to compulsory vaccination in England has been treated as a quaint case study in ‘anti-modern’ or ‘irrational’ opposition to scientific progress. Nadja Durbach has made a key contribution to modern British history in particular and to the analysis of class culture more generally by rescuing this resistance to state medicine from what E. P. Thompson memorably termed ‘the enormous condescension of posterity.’”—George Behlmer, author of "Friends of the Family: The English Home and Its Guardians, 1850–1940"

“This fascinating book uses the anti-vaccination movement to illuminate our understanding of the major themes in nineteenth-century British history: the nature of liberalism, class tensions, and resistance to state intervention. Beautifully written, it brings the movement to life.”—Anna Clark, author of "Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution"

"This fascinating book uses the anti-vaccination movement to illuminate our understanding of the major themes in nineteenth-century British history: the nature of liberalism, class tensions, and resistance to state intervention. Beautifully written, it brings the movement to life."--Anna Clark, author of "Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution"

""Bodily Matters" is a sophisticated and persuasive project; it evokes timely questions on the body and the state and suggests some thought-provoking answers. The book will certainly be of value to any of us interested in the sociology of medicine, the sociology of the body, social movements, and British history."--Sigal Gooldin, "American Journal of Sociology"

"Durbach's account of the anti-vaccination movement is clearly and forcefully written and provides an authoritative survey of Victorian debates about the role of the state in disease prevention. "Bodily Matters "will engage anyone interested in public health and the history of epidemiology, and post-9/11 fears about bioterrorism and the looming threat of a bird flu pandemic may broaden the audience for this text."
--Solveig C. Robinson, "Perspectives in Biology and Medicine"

"Nadja Durbach's "Bodily Matters" is a rigorously researched and sensitive account of antivaccinationism in Victorian and Edwardian England that combines the insights of the history of medicine, political history, and the social and cultural histories of class and gender."--Ian Burney, "Journal of Modern History"

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"All too often the large-scale resistance to compulsory vaccination in England has been treated as a quaint case study in 'anti-modern' or 'irrational' opposition to scientific progress. Nadja Durbach has made a key contribution to modern British history in particular and to the analysis of class culture more generally by rescuing this resistance to state medicine from what E. P. Thompson memorably termed 'the enormous condescension of posterity.'"--George Behlmer, author of "Friends of the Family: The English Home and Its Guardians, 1850-1940"

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
My father never believed in vaccination. Consequently, none of his three sons were inoculated against childhood diseases and all survived those illnesses they contracted (in my case scarlet fever, against which there was no vaccine). Reading Nadja Durbach's book "Bodily Matters", which examines the Victorian anti-vaccination campaign, I now understand where some of his attitudes originated.

The book's qualitative research is marred only by Durbach's interpretation of history within the parameters of Michel Foucault's theory of biopolitics and socialist inspired notions of class and gender. Thus, while she provides excellent narrative, her conclusions under-estimate alternative explanations to those she prefers. Her main claim is that in Victorian times, "Parliament consistently introduced, local authorities enforced and the judicial system upheld legislation that focused on bodily issues..... (and) the British state became intimately involved in bodily matters as never before."

Durbach sees this trend as a matter of social and political control but tends to downplay the public health concerns underlying the decision to prevent the spread of contagious diseases which were more prevalent amongst the working classes. During the eighteenth century smallpox killed, on average, 40,000 Europeans each year and it was against this backdrop, ideas of universal progress and the rise of professional science (including medicine) that compulsion was introduced in 1853. The political nature of legislation is self evident but the rationale was not State control over the body but the principle of the common good.
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Excellent book, but I despair at some of the comments. After clean water vaccination is the greatest saver of lives we have in our health armoury. Anyone who fails to vaccinate their children is guilty of child abuse in my eyes. Those who are non-vaccinators enjoy the herd immunity provided by those willing to share a miniscule risk for the common good, and are free loaders. Their stance shows a woeful lack of understanding of the diseases being guarded against, a poor appreciation of risk management and disappointing citizenship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History repeats itself! 16 Dec. 2009
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Are we repeating history with forced vaccinations? What are we doing to our children with these viruses placed directly into the blood stream? How does this affect their health in later years and how does this affect our right to choose what is healthy? This book creates amazing paralles with what is happening now and what happened a century ago. This book may create a guideline to defending our freedom of health choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books written on history of mandatory vaccination 22 Jun. 2010
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I love this book. I've recommended it in all of my conferences and presentations. Anyone interested in the history of mandatory vaccination, and why vaccination is part of the DNA of the medical profession, should read this very well written and documented book. I used this book as a reference for my book, "Saying No to Vaccines."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 April 2015
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Great book to read about the history of the antivaccine movement - even in the 1800's - people knew of the horrible side effects it caused to their children.
3.0 out of 5 stars which is where this book can do the most good, requires a good layout 23 July 2015
By Radha K. - Published on Amazon.com
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The e book is poorly formatted - difficult to read due to text layout, font choice, size and spacing. Literature on the vaccine debate, which is where this book can do the most good, requires a good layout. With an improved presentation, this book could be highly useful for those currently involved in the pro freedom of choice for medical procedures groups and other opponents to current vaccination policies. The content is well researched and highly valuable. Thank you Nadja Durbach for a great book that is only let down by its image and lack of reading ease.
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Great Product!!
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