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The colonial politics of global health : France and the United Nations in postwar Africa, Jessica Lynne Pearson

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The colonial politics of global health : France and the United Nations in postwar Africa
Title
The colonial politics of global health
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France and the United Nations in postwar Africa
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Jessica Lynne Pearson
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Language
eng
Summary
In The Colonial Politics of Global Health, Jessica Lynne Pearson explores the collision between imperial and international visions of health and development in French Africa as decolonization movements gained strength. After World War II, French officials viewed health improvements as a way to forge a more equitable union between France and its overseas territories. Through new hospitals, better medicines, and improved public health, French subjects could reimagine themselves as French citizens. The politics of health also proved vital to the United Nations, however, and conflicts arose when French officials perceived international development programs sponsored by the UN as a threat to their colonial authority. French diplomats also feared that anticolonial delegations to the United Nations would use shortcomings in health, education, and social development to expose the broader structures of colonial inequality. In the face of mounting criticism, they did what they could to keep UN agencies and international health personnel out of Africa, limiting the access Africans had to global health programs. French personnel marginalized their African colleagues as they mapped out the continent's sanitary future and negotiated the new rights and responsibilities of French citizenship. The health disparities that resulted offered compelling evidence that the imperial system of governance should come to an end. Pearson's work links health and medicine to postwar debates over sovereignty, empire, and human rights in the developing world. The consequences of putting politics above public health continue to play out in constraints placed on international health organizations half a century later.--
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1984-
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Pearson, Jessica Lynne
Dewey number
  • 944.082
  • 362.109660917541
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United Nations
  • Health services administration
  • Medical policy
  • Medical care
  • Decolonization
  • Africa, French-speaking
  • France
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The colonial politics of global health : France and the United Nations in postwar Africa, Jessica Lynne Pearson
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
War, citizenship, and the limits of French civilization -- The United Nations and the politics of health in the era of decolonization -- Between colonial knowledge and international expertise -- The WHO comes to Brazzaville -- Family health, France, and the future of Africa -- Fighting illness, battling decolonization
Control code
on1023054802
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 260 pages
Isbn
9780674980488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023054802
Label
The colonial politics of global health : France and the United Nations in postwar Africa, Jessica Lynne Pearson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War, citizenship, and the limits of French civilization -- The United Nations and the politics of health in the era of decolonization -- Between colonial knowledge and international expertise -- The WHO comes to Brazzaville -- Family health, France, and the future of Africa -- Fighting illness, battling decolonization
Control code
on1023054802
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 260 pages
Isbn
9780674980488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023054802

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