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Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 (American Crossroads #20)
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Fit to Be Citizens? demonstrates how both science and public health shaped the meaning of race in the early twentieth century. Through a careful examination of the experiences of Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, Natalia Molina illustrates the many ways local health officials used complexly constructe ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 13th 2006 by University of California Press
(first published 2006)
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This book examines the intersection of public health and racial formation in Los Angeles from the 1880s-1939 (Great Depression). It is an important book for anyone interested in science studies and fits well with Nayan Shah’s Contagious Divides . The book takes a comparative approach including discussions of Japanese, Chinese and Mexican Americans. I wish it had discussed Filipino experiences more. The book examines the ways in which Public Health institutions understood and racialized diseases; ...more