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Vying for credibility in the US Congress

Legitimating symbols in the debate over immunization and autism

Maya Ponte

Throughout the debate in the United States Congress over whether vaccines cause autism, legitimizing symbols that index cultural values have played a prominent role in the establishment of credibility. While both sides sanctify the role of science in producing credibility, they draw on different images of what science is and where its legitimacy stems from. Those who favor the vaccine hypothesis frame science as a populist endeavor, the results of which are open to critique by all. Those against the vaccine hypothesis frame science as an elitist endeavor, the results of which may only be critiqued by fellow scientists. While both of these images derive their significance from the cultural history of the United States, they have a markedly different impact on the interpretation of evidence. From within the populist frame, personal experience and direct observation are highly valued. From within the elitist frame, epidemiological evidence trumps personal experience. Due to the incorporation of dueling images of science, the US debate over autism may be viewed as a debate between rival cultural values.

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Bülent Diken

understanding this. Insofar as it is an experience of the sacred, of the holy, religion is about purification and immunization, about keeping the sacred “intact, safe, unscathed” (ibid.: 61). In modernity, there appears to be an antagonism between the ‘miracle

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Neglected Tropical Diseases

Creating a New Disease Grouping

Samantha Vanderslott

Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals: Dengue (WHO Programmes , 2015, Accessed 2/4/14) World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution on All 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (WHO, http

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Timothy M. Shaw and Abigail Kabandula

Vaccines and Immunizations and the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa. The ubiquity of the Gates Foundation in African development this century, especially in health and now agriculture ( Moran, 2013 ), is symptomatic of burgeoning transnational

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Nefissa Naguib, Pauline Peters, Nancy Ries, Murray Garde, Zhiying Ma, and Frédéric Keck

relations change our view of immunity. Hage defines ungovernable waste as an object that cannot enter a system, either because the government system is in crisis or because the object has immunized itself to the available techniques of governmentality. But

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Notes around Hospitality as Inhabitation

Engaging with the Politics of Care and Refugees’ Dwelling Practices in the Italian Urban Context

Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo

. References Adams , Ross 2014 . “ Natura Urbans, Natura Urbanata: Ecological Urbanism, Circulation, and the Immunization of Nature .” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32 : 12 – 29 . 10.1068/d17012 Agamben , Giorgio . 2019

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Radical Right-Wing Populists in Parliament

Examining the Alternative for Germany in European Context

Lars Rensmann

Challenging civil standards and rules of political discourse as well as aggressively displaying “bad manners,” populists have both fueled, and flourished in, self-immunized, radically polarized communicative environments. Breaking rules and taboos has been

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Capacity Building as Instrument and Empowerment

Training Health Workers for Community-Based Roles in Ghana

Harriet Boulding

skills. CHOs provide all aspects of primary healthcare, including family planning, antenatal and postnatal care, immunizations and treatment of minor illnesses. In addition to their clinic work, health workers regularly conduct community outreach

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Susann Baez Ullberg

and have them inoculated at the health center in order to comply with the National Program of Immunizations. Marcelo had to work as a painter (which was indeed his profession) for a certain number of hours per day in the public works built by the

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Too Much of Nothing

Analytic and Sartrean Phenomenological Perspectives

John Graham Wilson

without such putative subject terms, I therefore may have no thoughts at all but simply allusions. But if such ‘proto-thoughts’ are habitually excluded, I may also thereby be immunizing myself against any sense-making regarding my predicament. The strength