An Archive of Skin, An Archive of Kin: Disability and Life-Making during Medical Incarceration (American Crossroads #62) (Hardcover)

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What was the longest and harshest medical quarantine in modern history, and how did people survive it? In Hawaiʻi beginning in 1866, men, women, and children suspected of having leprosy were removed from their families. Most were sentenced over the next century to lifelong exile at an isolated settlement. Thousands of photographs taken of their skin provided forceful, if conflicting, evidence of disease and disability for colonial health agents. And yet among these exiled people, a competing knowledge system of kinship and collectivity emerged during their incarceration. This book shows how they pieced together their own intimate archives of care and companionship through unanticipated adaptations of photography.

About the Author


Adria L. Imada is Professor of History at University of California, Irvine, and author of the award-winning Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire


Product Details
ISBN: 9780520343849
ISBN-10: 0520343840
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 350
Language: English
Series: American Crossroads