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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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Ma‘i Ho‘oka‘awale—The Disease That Separates

Ma‘i Ho‘oka‘awale—The Disease That Separates

(p.169) Chapter 6 Ma‘i Ho‘oka‘awale—The Disease That Separates
Ma'i Lepera

Kerri A. Inglis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the consequences of the disease, its treatment, and its history on the Hawaiian individual, community, and culture. It places the disease into the context of Hawaiian social and political history of the nineteenth century and discusses the role of leprosy, and its treatment, in the larger process of cultural colonization and medical imperialism that was at work in the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Kānaka Maoli experience with leprosy resulted in the removal of its victims from their families and communities. For the Hawaiian Islands, it was as much a matter of depopulation by displacement as by disease. The disease also made its victim more susceptible to other diseases, contributing further to depopulation.

Keywords:   Hawaiian individual, Hawaiian community, Hawaiian culture, social history, political history, cultural colonization, medical imperialism, depopulation, displacement

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