Controlling and Disciplining the Foreign Body: A Case Study of TB Treatment among Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands

  • Mirjam van Ewijk
  • Paul Grifhorst


In this chapter we explore some of the ways in which Dutch institutions produce knowledge and power about and over refugees’ bodies. These include the construction of images of ‘otherness’. Our focus is on the role of medicine in this process, particularly the provision of care for asylum seekers during their application for asylum, their mandatory screening for contagious tuberculosis (TB) and the treatment of asylum seekers suspected of being multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) carriers.1


Field Note Asylum Seeker Head Louse Public Health Nurse Direct Observe Therapy 
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