The management of venereal disease in New South Wales, 1871 to 1916

Scott, John (2001) The management of venereal disease in New South Wales, 1871 to 1916. Venereology, 14(2), pp. 69-79.

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Abstract

Practical techniques to manage the dangers associated with sexually transmitted diseases have varied considerably both cross culturally and historically. Adopting a Foucauldian perspective, this article examines sociohistorical aspects of the governance of venereal disease in New South Wales between 1871 and 1916. Public debates and official documents are analysed to identify strategic shifts in practices associated with venereal disease management , especially in relation to prostitution. Particular attention is paid to the development of contagious disease legislation and its role in the regulation of venereal disease . It is argued that during the period in question, two distinct governmental regimes of disease control can be identified. In the first, medical policing managed venereal disease through the mobilisation of repressive controls, requiring the isolation and detention of polluting bodies. In the second, liberal governance adopted pedagogic practices to train populations perceived as either healthy or unhealthy. It is further argued that as liberal strategies of governance came to dominate the management of venereal disease , the association of prostitution with venereal disease began to weaken. Instead, authorities became increasingly concerned with populations whose behaviour was not traditionally linked with venereal disease , such as the young and the sexually inexperienced.

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ID Code: 79070
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Communicable Disease Control, history, Communicable Disease Control, legislation and jurisprudence, Communicable Diseases, history, Health Policy, Prostitution, Public Health, history, Public Health, legislation and jurisprudence, Public Policy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, history, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, prevention and control, Social Control Policies, history, Social Control Policies, legislation and jurisprudence, Social Control, Formal, history, Social Control, Formal, legislation and jurisprudence, Europe, Government, Great Britain, History of Medicine, 19th Cent., History of Medicine, 20th Cent., Human, Morals, New South Wales, Police, Political Systems, history, Prostitution, history, Prostitution, legislation and jurisprudence
ISSN: 1032-1012
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Venereology Publishing Inc.
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2014 00:24
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 00:24

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