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BiocitizenshipThe Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power$
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Kelly E. Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479845194

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.001.0001

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Biocitizenship on the Ground

Biocitizenship on the Ground

Health Activism and the Medical Governance Revolution

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Merlin Chowkwanyun

NYU Press

This chapter examines medical student activism during the civil rights and War on Poverty era, the momentum it sustained for a short time, and the reasons for its sudden implosion and dissipation. This chapter examines specific internal currents within academic medical centers themselves: debates over the narrowness of the curriculum; a growing sense of obligation to surrounding environs (especially campuses located in urban ghettoes); the entry of women, Jews, and non-whites into student bodies; and incipient recognition of bodily integrity, particularly of research subjects and patients used in teaching. The confluence of these trends and debates, together with the political moment, produced the new socially conscious medical student and the organizations through which they agitated. Within, a number of unforeseen conflicts emerged, and what were once unifying principles became sources of fracture, sending these students off on distinct trajectories after they graduated.

Keywords:   1960s, 1970s, Medical student activism, Civil rights activism, War on Poverty

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