Governing How We Care: Contesting Community and Defining Difference in U.S. Public Health Programs

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As local governments and organizations assume more responsibility for ensuring the public health, identity politics play an increasing yet largely unexamined role in public and policy attitudes toward local problems. In Governing How We Care, medical anthropologist Susan Shaw examines the relationship between government and citizens using case studies of needle exchange and Welfare-to-Work programs to illustrate the meanings of cultural difference, ethnicity, and inequality in health care.Drawing on ethnographic research conducted over six years in a small New England city, Shaw presents critical perspectives on public health intervention efforts. She looks at online developments in health care and makes important correlations between poverty and health care in the urban United States. Shaw also highlights the new concepts of community and forms of identity that emerge in our efforts to provide effective health care. Governing How We Careshows how government-sponsored community health and health care programs operate in an age of neoliberalism.Susan J. Shaw is Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Author Biography

Susan J. Shaw is Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Governmentality of Community Healthp. 18
Technologies of Citizenship and Difference
Community Health Advocates: The Professionalization of "Like Helping Like"p. 43
Neoliberalism at Work: Contemporary Scenarios of Governmental Reforms in Public Health and Social Workp. 72
Technologies of Culturally Appropriate Health Carep. 103
Technologies of Prevention and Boundaries of Citizenship: Drug Use, Research, and Public Health
"I Always Use Bleach": The Production and Circulation of Risk and Norms in Drug Researchp. 135
Syringe Exchange as a Practice of Governingp. 156
Conclusionp. 184
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 211
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