This is a cultural history of borders, hygiene and race. It is about foreign bodies, from Victorian Vaccines to the pathologized interwar immigrant, from smallpox quarantine to the leper colony, from sexual hygiene to national hygiene to imperial hygiene. Taking British colonialism and White Australia as case studies, the book examines public health as spatialized biopolitical governance between 1850 and 1950. Colonial management of race dovetailed with public health into new boundaries of rule, into racialised cordons sanitaires .
Alison Bashford is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has taught Pacific and Australian history at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Harvard University, USA.
List of Figures Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction: Lines of Hygiene, Boundaries of Rule Vaccination: Foreign Bodies, Contagion and Colonialism Smallpox: The Spaces and Subjects of Public Health Tuberculosis: Governing Healthy Citizens Leprosy: Segregation and Imperial Hygiene Quarantine: Imagining the Geo-Body of a Nation Foreign Bodies: Immigration, International Hygiene and White Australia Sex: Public Health, Social Hygiene and Eugenics Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography