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Risky Subjects, Subjects at Risk: HPV Vaccination and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Health

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Title: Risky Subjects, Subjects at Risk: HPV Vaccination and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Health
Author: Bennett, Anzia
Advisor(s): Goldstein, Alyosha
Committee Member(s): Brandzel, Amy
Schreiber, Rebecca
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies
Subject: Neoliberalism, Public Health, HPV Vaccine, Gardasil
LC Subject(s): Papillomaviruses--Vaccination--United States
Women's health services--United States
Teenage girls--Health and hygiene--United States
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This thesis utilizes the example of Gardasil to better understand the dynamics of power at play in discourses of health in the United States, and to identify the neoliberal tenors of some contemporary public health strategies. A neoliberal turn in public health, while not all encompassing, has resulted in distorted and limited conceptions of health that rely on consumerism and notions of personal responsibility. With the example of Gardasil, Merck has deployed age-old tropes that pre-date, and are strengthened by, this neoliberal turn. These tropes–of women and girls as simultaneously at-risk and risky subjects, of young women’s bodies in need of state protection, and of immigrants as sources of contagion–strategically displace the focus from the actual risk factors and causes of HPV-related deaths in the U.S. and contribute to an understanding of health as a private issue, privileging consumerism over prevention, and profit over public health.
Graduation Date: December 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17332


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