296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 4 halftones, 2 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1605-6
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1606-3
Published: August 2014
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Invested in the success of the "great experiment" of slave emancipation, colonial officials developed new social welfare and health policies. Concerns about the health and size of ex-slave populations were expressed throughout the colonial world during this period. In the Caribbean, an emergent black middle class, rapidly increasing immigration, and new attitudes toward medicine and society were crucial factors. While hemispheric and diasporic trends influenced the new policies, De Barros shows that local physicians, philanthropists, midwives, and the impoverished mothers who were the targets of this official concern helped shape and implement efforts to ensure the health and reproduction of Caribbean populations in the decades before independence.
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Juanita De Barros is professor of history at McMaster University.
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“A sophisticated study that highlights both the power and the limits of British imperial policy to shape the lives of colonial subjects in the Caribbean.”--American Historical Review
“This highly original and well-researched text breaks new ground in investigating issues of population growth, maternal health practices, and infant mortality in the post-emancipation British Caribbean.”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"An authoritative, detailed, and closely argued narrative that represents a worthy addition to the emergent scholarship on the gender, race, and class dynamics of colonial public health policy and practice."-- Journal of British Studies
"This stimulating, challenging book makes an important contribution to the social, environmental and medical history of the British Caribbean colonies, and indeed of the wider British Empire, in the century following emancipation."--Cercles
“Of urgent importance to the fields of Caribbean history and sociology, as well as a wide range of subfields.”--Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
"An all-around excellent, clearly written, engaging, and important book that represents a powerful contribution to the now well-established field of Caribbean and Latin American medical history."--Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences