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Public Health and Private WealthStem Cells, Surrogates, and Other Strategic Bodies$
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Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463374.001.0001

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‘Surveillance for Equity’?

‘Surveillance for Equity’?

Poverty, Inequality, and the Anti-politics of Family Planning

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Public Health and Private Wealth

Rebecca Williams

Oxford University Press

During the 1970s, health inequalities became a key issue for international health experts. Ever since, health ‘equity’ projects attempt to rectify these inequalities through technical interventions which are, typically, narrowly focused on health outcomes, and centrally concerned with the health of the poor. To the understand the career of ‘equity’ in health expertise, this chapter turns to the system of surveillance promoted as a means to rectify health inequalities within the Khanna study, a well-known population control experiment which Carl E. Taylor and his colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health conducted in the Ludhiana District of Punjab during the 1950s. By tracing the adaptation of this mode of surveillance from the Khanna study to health ‘equity’, this chapter shows that ‘surveillance for equity’ was not a new approach to health care, but an existing set of technical interventions repackaged in the language of social justice.

Keywords:   health equity, surveillance, Khanna Study, Harvard School of Public Health, India, Punjab, Carl E. Taylor

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