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The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthMaintaining the Health of the Public: Containing the Threat of Terrorist Resurgence in Contemporary Peru

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public Health: Maintaining the Health of the Public: Containing... [Contemporary societies around the globe have come to share an increasingly common experience in recent decades. A growing number have been subjected to protracted periods of generalized violence, instability or epidemic disease that appear suddenly, inexplicably, to engulf the social order and traumatize the population. In this chapter, I am concerned with the aftermath of these episodes—with how societies seek to heal and make themselves whole again. I engage with this problem through an analysis of political conditions in contemporary Peru. This country has sought to recover from a brutal civil war (1980–1995) with Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path)—a violent Maoist revolutionary group that was defeated by government forces in the early 1990s. Although Sendero has been long defunct, fears of a terrorist resurgence actively haunt the present. The inability to leave the past behind has led to deep anxieties about the reality of recovery and equally profound fears about the dangers of relapse. Indeed, Sendero continues to be regarded as a highly virulent form of contagion, one that has never been completely eliminated but only driven underground, where it waits for the chance to re-infect the population. It is therefore of crucial importance to monitor social life for any tell-tale signs of a guerrilla resurgence. Only in this way can the health of the public be maintained.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthMaintaining the Health of the Public: Containing the Threat of Terrorist Resurgence in Contemporary Peru

Editors: Pardo, Italo; Prato, Giuliana B.

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
ISBN
978-3-031-25591-5
Pages
285 –306
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-25592-2_15
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Contemporary societies around the globe have come to share an increasingly common experience in recent decades. A growing number have been subjected to protracted periods of generalized violence, instability or epidemic disease that appear suddenly, inexplicably, to engulf the social order and traumatize the population. In this chapter, I am concerned with the aftermath of these episodes—with how societies seek to heal and make themselves whole again. I engage with this problem through an analysis of political conditions in contemporary Peru. This country has sought to recover from a brutal civil war (1980–1995) with Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path)—a violent Maoist revolutionary group that was defeated by government forces in the early 1990s. Although Sendero has been long defunct, fears of a terrorist resurgence actively haunt the present. The inability to leave the past behind has led to deep anxieties about the reality of recovery and equally profound fears about the dangers of relapse. Indeed, Sendero continues to be regarded as a highly virulent form of contagion, one that has never been completely eliminated but only driven underground, where it waits for the chance to re-infect the population. It is therefore of crucial importance to monitor social life for any tell-tale signs of a guerrilla resurgence. Only in this way can the health of the public be maintained.]

Published: May 4, 2023

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