Public health developments in colonial Malaya: Colonialism and the politics of prevention

Manderson, L. (1999) Public health developments in colonial Malaya: Colonialism and the politics of prevention. American Journal of Public Health, 89 1: 102-107.


Author Manderson, L.
Title Public health developments in colonial Malaya: Colonialism and the politics of prevention
Journal name American Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-0036
Publication date 1999-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 89
Issue 1
Start page 102
End page 107
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington
Publisher American Public Health Association
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract In both African and Asian colonies until the late 19th century, colonial medicine operated pragmatically to meet the medical needs first of colonial officers and troops, immigrant settlers, and laborers responsible for economic development, then of indigenous populations when their ill health threatened the well-being of the expatriate population. Since the turn of the century, however, the consequences of colonial expansion and development for indigenous people's health had become increasingly apparent, and disease control and public health programs were expanded in this light. These programs increased government surveillance of populations at both community and household levels. As a consequence, colonial states extended institutional oversight and induced dependency through public health measures. Drawing on my own work on colonial Malaya, I illustrate developments in public health and their links to the moral logic of colonialism and its complementarity to the political economy.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Health Care
Public Health
Infants
Malaysia
Males
Maternal Health
Social Discrimination
Economic aspects
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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