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Stories in the Time of Cholera

Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare


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Stories in the Time of Cholera by Charles L Briggs
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The first cholera outbreak in the Americas in a century - and the unconscionable deaths of 500 indigenous people in eastern Venezuela - put human faces on the global circulation of racial stigmas, health inequalities, and bacteria. In this moving frontline report, anthropologist Charles Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs, a Venezuelan public health physician, attend as closely to how epidemiologists in Geneva and Washington create the statistics and manuals that shape global health policies as to the sagas of communities that flee death in the rainforest, only to be incarcerated as threats to the body politic.

Author Biography

Charles L. Briggs is the Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor and Professor and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and most recently coauthored Voices of Modernity (with Richard Bauman, 2003). Clara Mantini-Briggs, M.D. M.P.H., is an Associate Researcher in the Department of Demography and is affiliated with the PhD Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of Fundacion para las Investigaciones Aplicadas Orinoco, which conducts research and initiates programs aimed at improving health conditions in Delta Amacuro, Venezuela.
Release date Australia
September 17th, 2004
Contributions by Clara Mantini-Briggs
Country of Publication
United States
38 b-w photographs, 5 line illustrations, 5 maps, 2 tables
University of California Press
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