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The private character of medicine continued to a large extent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but from the end of the eighteenth century onwards, health care was also explicitly defined as a public issue and as a part of state policy. The political dimension of health and disease took shape against the background of the growing role of the state in the pursuit of a rational and efficient organization of society, an aspiration that was intensified by the secular optimism of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
Cultural and religious heterogeneity have shaken the experience of shared citizenship. In the 1980s and 1990s, a new ideal of citizenship was articulated in public debates by politicians as well as political and social scientists. This neo-republican model came down to a revitalization of liberal-democratic citizenship by infusing it with elements of the older republican ideal of active citizenship. It implies that the resilience of modern democracy depends on the attitudes of citizens, the mutual engagement of the state and its population and the vigour of civil society.
Discussion of the danger of degeneration expressed a more general fear among the middle classes of ‘the primitive’, which was supposed to be embodied in the residuum among the poor, the insane, criminals, alcoholics, prostitutes and sexual perverts. Labelling them as atavistic misfits in an evolving world, physicians and social theorists conferred the stigma of mental and social inferiority to such people. Stressing the naturally determined inequality between individuals and groups, degeneration theory and social Darwinism made it possible to distinguish between various levels of 30 Health and Citizenship social integration within modern society.