, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 15-32
Date: 22 Nov 2012

Troubled Interventions: Public Policy, Vectors of Disease, and the Rhetoric of Diabetes Management

Abstract

This essay examines the debate surrounding New York City’s controversial diabetes registry program. Exploring the tensions between public health officials and privacy advocates, the article explores how diabetes is imagined in the public sphere. Although rhetorics underscoring privacy may seem the more progressive discourse, I argue New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has the more forward-looking plan, attempting to reconstitute diabetes not as a chronic condition necessitating individual management but as a disease that requires systemic intervention.

The author would like to thank Isaac West, Suzanne Enck, and the anonymous reviewer for their feedback on previous drafts of this essay.