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Working paper: Local Biologies and the Chemical Infrastructures of Global Health by Alex Nading

Alex M. Nading, Local Biologies and the Chemical Infrastructures of Global Health, FMSH-WP-2014-79, september 2014.

Chemicals are key material features of the infrastructure of global health. While the models for disease control deployed in global health projects tend to treat chemicals as stable objects, I ask what might happen if we saw them instead as unstable things, implicated in fluid interactions. A view of health as constituted of things rather than objects has three advantages.