Malingering and Social Welfare Policy
This group seeks to advance the historiography on the role of malingering and feigned illness in building and conceptualizing modern welfare states, and will highlight the persistence and relevance of that history in current debates over health and health policy in the West.
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Daniel S. Goldberg is trained as an attorney, a bioethicist, and a historian. He focuses on law, ethics, and history in public and population health, and has spent virtually his entire academic career studying “contested illnesses” in the West, both past and present. He has published extensively on these subjects, including original peer-reviewed history articles and chapters, and is excited to launch a new phase of inquiry on the deep connections between anxieties over malingering and feigned illness and social policy. His particular approach to this subject draws on his work in intellectual history and the history of objectivity to excavate the ways in which changing ideas about truth, doubt, and certainty in the long 19th c. shape(d) social welfare policies in the Anglophone world.
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