This essay situates the current discussion of vaccination politics within a broader trajectory of reflection on risk, rationality, and reflexive modernization. It argues that contemporary vaccine resistance is indicative less of antiscientific or antigovernmental sentiments than of diffuse concerns about the toxic side effects of modern life alongside an increasing demand to be an expert on one’s own body.
Vaccine Politics and the Management of Public Reason
Andrew Lakoff is associate professor of sociology and communication at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society. He is the author of Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry (2006) and coeditor of Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (2008).
Andrew Lakoff; Vaccine Politics and the Management of Public Reason. Public Culture 1 September 2015; 27 (3 (77)): 419–425. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2896159
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