Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention by Nicole Trujillo-Pagán

By Nicole Trujillo-Pagán

Modern Colonization via clinical Intervention provides to our realizing of the political and monetary variations developing colonial modernity in Puerto Rico. via concentrating on influential physicians’ medical paintings and their entry to a distant and inaccessible rural inhabitants, this quantity info how rural parts suffered the ravages of social dislocation, unemployment and starvation. The colonial administration’s hookworm crusade concerned many Puerto Rican physicians in advanced struggles with different elites, rural peasants and U.S. colonial directors for political legitimacy. Puerto Rican physicians didn't achieve the pro autonomy their opposite numbers within the usa loved. as a substitute, they grew to become centrally implicated within the fight among hard work and capital implementing the island’s subordination to a colonial modernity and the advance of capitalism at the island.

What emerges is a flooring breaking—and damning—account of how that doubtless humanitarian efforts have been used to oppress a topic inhabitants and preserve colonial rule.

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In this analysis, medical discourse became an ideological expression of European conquest and its need to create a colonial order by fabricating difference (Arnold, 1993). ” It became a way of gaining legitimacy and authority that complemented the colonial administrations’ civilizing mission. As the President of the Rockefeller Foundation explained, the tropics had to be conquered in order to control disease transmission from “other lands” and to protect the importation of valuable products. It was “one war the world needs” (Vincent, 1923).

Colonial administration. The administration of public health was part of how the United States sought to compete with other empires in colonizing populations. S. colonial administration’s narratives about Puerto Ricans, the colonial administration’s interventions in public health were ultimately guided by American ideals of individualism, work, and local government. S. colonial administration worked through civil governments and native physicians. Ultimately, sanitation became the dominant, albeit unpopular form of public health organized through the insular government.

S. colonial authorities, democratic selfgovernment involved limiting the power of elites to promote “government by the people” and “the mass of the population” (2008: 40). More specifically, self-government “referred to collective and individual self-government” and paralleled “the government of the individual self by the self…self-repression…[and] organized self-control” (2008: 43–44). In essence, Puerto Ricans were integrated in the administration in symbolic gestures that made “the colonial state into a ‘school of politics’” (Go, 2008: 49).

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