Vaccine Anxieties by Melissa Leach
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Vaccine Anxieties
By Melissa Leach

Vaccine Anxieties

Global Science, Child Health and Society

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Vaccine Anxieties by Melissa Leach

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This book explores how parents understand and engage with childhood vaccination in contrasting global contexts. This rapidly advancing and universal technology has sparked dramatic controversy, whether over MMR in the UK or oral polio vaccines in Nigeria. Combining a fresh anthropological perspective with detailed field research, the book examines anxieties emerging as highly globalized vaccine technologies and technocracies encounter the deeply intimate personal and social worlds of parenting and childcare, and how these are part of transforming science-society relations. It retheorizes anxieties about technologies, integrating bodily, social and wider political dimensions, and challenges common views of ignorance, risk, trust and rumour - and related dichotomies between Northern risk society and Southern developing society - that dominate current scientific and policy debates. In so doing, the book reflects critically on the stereotypes that at times pass for explanations of public engagement with both routine vaccination and vaccine research. It suggests routes to improved dialogue between health professionals and the people they serve, and new ways to address science-society relations in a globalized world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844073702
ISBN-10: 184407370X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Melissa Leach

Melissa Leach is a social anthropologist and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. She is Director of the ESRC Centre for Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS). James Fairhead is Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, UK.

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