Attention and Responsibility in Global Health shows the construction of health through what is neglected and how the label of neglect is used to make the case that a shift in attitudes towards tropical diseases is based on changing policy practices of health and disease.

Tropical diseases have moved from being of high importance for European empires to being neglected and unknown, and then returning to the spotlight once again. During this process, the understanding, framing, and overall character of the disease grouping has changed through a rediscovery of a health issue once rendered neglectable. The book depicts this change in relevance of tropical diseases from colonial history to the present day diseases across political, cultural, and socio- economic contexts. It shows the transformation of tropical diseases as a grouping that uncovers the changing strategies, tactics, and unintended consequences of advocacy campaigning by scientists, NGOs, and policymakers to drive disease issues up the policy agenda.

Drawing on the emergent field of ignorance studies, the book explores ideas about the uses and deployment of both strategic and unintentional "not knowing". It is aimed at academics and students in science and technology studies, the sociology of health and medicine, environmental sociology, public policy, and the history of science.

part I|92 pages

Becoming neglected

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages


Caring about neglected narratives

chapter Chapter 2|30 pages

Theoretical approaches to attention and neglect

chapter Chapter 3|45 pages

The politics of disease categories

part II|91 pages

Becoming un-neglected

chapter Chapter 4|40 pages

The transition of tropical diseases

chapter Chapter 5|37 pages

Advocacy for neglect

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages


Neglect in policy