Global health and the new world order

Historical and anthropological approaches to a changing regime of governance

Edited by Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Claire Beaudevin, Christoph Gradmann, Anne M. Lovell and Laurent Pordié

Global health and the new world order


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4966-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: October 2020
  • BIC Category: Medical Anthropology, Medicine / History of medicine, History of medicine, History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Modern History, History of Medicine, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues, Anthropology, Society & social sciences / International institutions
  • Series: Social Histories of Medicine


The phrase 'global health' appears ubiquitously in contemporary medical spheres, from academic research programs to websites of pharmaceutical companies. In its most visible manifestation, global health refers to strategies addressing major epidemics and endemic conditions through philanthropy, and multilateral, private-public partnerships. This book explores the origins of global health, a new regime of health intervention in countries of the global South born around 1990, examining its assemblages of knowledge, practices and policies.

The volume proposes an encompassing view of the transition from international public health to global health, bringing together historians and anthropologists to analyse why new modes of "interventions on the life of others" recently appeared and how they blur the classical divides between North and South. The contributors argue that not only does the global health enterprise signal a significant departure from the postwar targets and modes of operations typical of international public health, but that new configurations of action have moved global health beyond concerns with infectious diseases and state-based programs.

The book will appeal to academics, students and health professionals interested in new discussions about the transnational circulation of drugs, bugs, therapies, biomedical technologies and people in the context of the "neo-liberal turn" in development practices.


1 Global health and the new world order: introduction - Claire Beaudevin, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Christoph Gradmann, Anne M. Lovell, and Laurent Pordié
2 Standardization and localization in tuberculosis control - Nora Engel
3 The not so distant past, tuberculosis and the DOTS challenge - Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Christoph Gradmann and Andrew McDowell
4 Decolonizing, nationalizing, and globalizing the history of psychiatry: from colonial to cross-cultural psychiatry in Nigeria - Matthew M. Heaton
5 'Clearing the streets': enacting human rights in mental health care in Ghana - Ursula Read
6 You've got the point? Acupuncture and the techno-politics of bodyscape - Wen-Hua Kuo
7 Finding the global in the local: constructing population in the search for disease genes - Steve Sturdy
8 Rare genetic disease, global health and genomics: the case of R337h in Brazil - Sahra Gibbon
9 The World Health Organization's response to Ebola in historical perspective - Nitsan Chorev
10 Epilogue: in search of global health - Didier Fassin


Jean-Paul Gaudillière is historian of science and senior researcher at the French National Institute for Medical Research and coordinator of the European Research Council project 'From international to global: Knowledge, disease and the post-war government of health'

Claire Beaudevin is anthropologist and researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research

Christoph Gradmann is historian and Professor at the University of Oslo for the Department of Community Medicine and Global Health

Anne Lovell is anthropologist and senior researcher (emeritus) at the French National Institute for Medical Research

Laurent Pordié is anthropologist and researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research

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