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Vaccine CourtThe Law and Politics of Injury$
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Anna Kirkland

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876938

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876938.001.0001

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Health and Rights in the Vaccine-Critical Movement

Health and Rights in the Vaccine-Critical Movement

(p.96) 3 Health and Rights in the Vaccine-Critical Movement
Vaccine Court

Anna Kirkland

NYU Press

This chapter introduces the leaders, organizations, and underpinning ideologies of the vaccine-critical social movement mobilized around the vaccine court. Activists understand fundamental concepts like risk, harm, health, and parental duty in ways that are incompatible with the mainstream, and these divergences in turn help explain why they do not see vaccine court evidence in the same way. They perceive themselves as fighting for individual health freedom at the same time as they muster an aggrieved and vulnerable minority status to protest vaccination and to criticize the vaccine court.

Keywords:   activists, ideology, health freedom, anti-vaccine, vaccine critics

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