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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Nicholasen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-24T15:59:34Z
dc.date.available2017-05-24T15:59:34Z
dc.identifier.issn2405-691X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264412
dc.description.abstractThe medical-humanities literature on zoonosis has overwhelmingly stressed the manner in which cross-species diseases challenge anthropocentric accounts of society. This article explores the colonial discovery, between 1896 and 1910, that bubonic plague (the disease responsible for the medieval Black Death) was zoonotic. This scientific work involved a massive, almost industrialised, examination of rat corpses so as to produce an animal linkage in plague. I show that this production of animal agency paradoxically served to hasten an ongoing process whereby human behaviour was identified as the moral locus of disease. The scientific production of zoonosis thus enabled another form of reasoning and judging to come to the fore, which ultimately had the effect of strengthening and heightening existing racial stereotypes and hierarchies. Far from challenging an anthropocentric worldview, this zoonosis helped to re-establish one.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no. 336564).
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversiteit van Amsterdam
dc.titleBlaming the rat? Accounting for plague in colonial Indian medicineen
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier3en
prism.publicationNameMedicine Anthropology Theoryen
prism.volume5en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.9898
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-03-07en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.17157/mat.5.3.371en
rioxxterms.versionVoRen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-03-07en
dc.identifier.eissn2405-691X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2018-06-25en
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.medanthrotheory.org/read/10921/blaming-the-raten
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