- 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)
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Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907 (Radical Perspectives) Paperback – 30 Dec 2004
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--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"See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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