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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru

Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru

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(p.588) 21 Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru
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Anthropology and Public Health
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Sandy Smith-Nonini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.003.0022

This chapter is based on a comparative study of two epidemics of resurgent tuberculosis (TB)—in New York City and Lima, Peru. The study was carried out through a series of open-ended, in-depth interviews carried out between January and June 1999, with health workers, academic observers, and public health officials involved with TB control. The two case studies highlight the role of neoliberal economics in contributing to TB epidemics, and the ways in which political and economic interests, both locally and internationally, shaped the response of local governments to the re-emergence of TB, contributing in both cases to a delay in the funding of necessary treatment and prevention programs, and the spread of drug-resistance.

Keywords:   infectious disease, tuberculosis, drug resistance, TB control

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