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The Politics of Vaccination: A Global History

Christine Holmberg, Stuart Blume, and Paul Greenough


In this book scholars from across the globe investigate changes in ‘society’ and ‘nation’ over time through the lens of immunisation. Such an analysis unmasks the idea of vaccination as a simple health technology and makes visible the social and political complexities in which vaccination programmes are embedded. The collection of essays gives a comparative overview of immunisation at different times in widely different parts of the world and under different types of political regime. Core themes in the chapters include immunisation as an element of state formation; citizens’ articulation of s ... More

Keywords: Vaccination, immunisation, state formation, nation-states, neo-liberalism, mass immunisation campaigns, vaccine production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526110886
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526110886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Holmberg, editor
Charité Universitlätsmedizin Berlin

Stuart Blume, editor
University of Amsterdam

Paul Greenough, editor
University of Iowa

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Paul Greenough, Stuart Blume and Christine Holmberg

I Vaccination and national identity

II Nationality, vaccine production and the end of sovereign manufacture

III Vaccination, the individual and society

10 Pandemic flus and vaccination policies in Sweden

Britta Lundgren and Martin Holmberg


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