Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 Volume 20


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University of California Press
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6.06 X 8.96 X 0.75 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Natalia Molina is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She is the author of the award winning How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and the co-editor of Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method, and Practice.


"An important advance on previous dissections of the close (and ongoing) links between medicine and racialization in the United States. . . . Molina has written an engaging history that is all the more compelling for its relevance to racialization in the 21st century."-- "American Journal of Sociology"
"Molina accomplishes a formidable feat in this book through incisive analysis, elegant prose, and a passionate engagement with the cruel paradox that groups who suffer poor health due to political, social, and economic disenfranchisement all too often are scapegoated as disease vectors. Fit to Be Citizens? is a sophisticated monograph that should serve as a model for ethnic studies scholarship on race, health, and the body politic in modern America."-- "Western Historical Quarterly"
"This book is full of intriguing discussions of selected public health incidents, drawn principally from the first three decades of the twentieth century. . . . The volume rests upon excellent research in the local records, and Natalia Molina presents a wealth of detailed and previously unexplored information about the shifting policies of Los Angeles health officers during that period."-- "Pacific Historical Review"