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Precarious Prescriptions – Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America

Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers


This collection of essays explores the complex interplay between disease as biological phenomenon, illness as a subjective experience, race as an ideological construct, and racism as a material practice. Ranging across time and space—from the interactions between white settlers and Native Americans in mid-nineteenth-century Puget Sound to physicians’ activism around hunger in the South and the Southwest in the 1960s—the contributions here collectively tell a complicated history of the relationship between medical knowledge, ideas of racial difference, health practices and power. Rather than re ... More

Keywords: Traditional healing, Ethnic Studies, Medicine, African Americans, Native Americans, Critical Race Theory, Public health, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Immigration Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816690466
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie B. Green, editor

John Mckiernan-González, editor

Martin Summers, editor

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