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When People Come FirstCritical Studies in Global Health$
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João Biehl and Adriana Petryna

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157382

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157382.001.0001

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When People Come First
João Biehl, Adriana Petryna
Princeton University Press

Enter history and you find the missing politics, then and now. When we look at international health interventions historically, it becomes clear that the political and economic requirements of the day and the ideological whims of the elites in charge determine how priorities are set and why they are abandoned. As social scientists unearth the recent history that explains how people become target populations in global health, unexpected anthropological terrains come into view: we find ourselves face-to-face with profound disconnections between how campaigns are designed and the complex ways in which they are actually received and critiqued. The counterknowledge of the people who are actually at the center of things is thus integral to the structures and effects of interventions and has the potential to protect us from the repetition of history....

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