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Common Enemies: Disease Campaigns in America

Rachel Kahn Best


Americans come together to fight diseases. For over 100 years, they have asked their neighbors to contribute to disease campaigns and supported health policies that target one disease at a time. Common Enemies asks why disease campaigns are the battles Americans can agree to fight, why some diseases attract more attention than others, and how fighting one disease at a time changes how Americans distribute charitable dollars, prioritize policies, and promote health. Drawing on the first comprehensive data on thousands of organizations targeting hundreds of diseases over decades, the author show ... More

Keywords: health social movement, health politics, social problem, agenda setting, interest group, social movement, advocacy organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190918408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190918408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Kahn Best, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan