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Ma'i LeperaDisease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii$
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Kerri A. Inglis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834845

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834845.001.0001

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Accommodation, Adaptation, and Resistance to Leprosy and the Law

Accommodation, Adaptation, and Resistance to Leprosy and the Law

(p.78) Chapter 3 Accommodation, Adaptation, and Resistance to Leprosy and the Law
Ma'i Lepera

Kerri A. Inglis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the ways Hawaiians and those afflicted with the disease resisted the 1865 Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy and its application. At the same time the chapter reveals Western anxieties about the disease. Native Hawaiians responded in a variety of ways to both the epidemic and to the Hawaiian Kingdom's response to it. While there was some accommodation and adaptation to the Board of Health policies, there was also resistance, which came in many forms and which was at times violent. Above all, these various reactions demonstrate that Native Hawaiians were not merely victims, but active participants in this disease experience that affected so many.

Keywords:   Native Hawaiians, Board of Health, resistance, disease experience, leprosy laws, isolation policy

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