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

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

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Anzia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-30T21:12:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-30T21:12:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-30
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17332
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Neoliberalism, Public Health, HPV Vaccine, Gardasil en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Papillomaviruses--Vaccination--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Women's health services--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage girls--Health and hygiene--United States
dc.title Risky Subjects, Subjects at Risk: HPV Vaccination and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Health en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree American Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Goldstein, Alyosha
dc.description.committee-member Brandzel, Amy
dc.description.committee-member Schreiber, Rebecca


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