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Author Farmer, Paul, 1959-2022

Title Pathologies of power : health, human rights, and the new war on the poor / Paul Farmer ; with a foreword by Amartya Sen.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305 F234P    Check Shelf
Description xxiv, 402 pages ; 24 cm.
Series California series in public anthropology ; 4
California series in public anthropology ; 4.
Contents Introduction: Bearing witness; On suffering and structural violence; Pestilence and restraint; Lessons from Chiapas; A plague on all our houses? -- One physician's perspective on human rights; Health, healing, and social justice; Listening for prophetic voices; Cruel and unusual; New malaise; Rethinking health and human rights -- Afterword.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-378) and index.
Summary Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life--and death--in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world's poor is the most important human rights struggle of our times. With passionate eyewitness accounts from the prisons of Russia and the beleaguered villages of Haiti and Chiapas, this book links the lived experiences of individual victims to a broader analysis of structural violence. Farmer challenges conventional thinking within human rights circles and exposes the relationships between political and economic injustice, on one hand, and the suffering and illness of the powerless, on the other. Farmer shows that the same social forces that give rise to epidemic diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis also sculpt risk for human rights violations. He illustrates the ways that racism and gender inequality in the United States are embodied as disease and death. Yet this book is far from a hopeless inventory of abuse. Farmer's disturbing examples are linked to a guarded optimism that new medical and social technologies will develop in tandem with a more informed sense of social justice. Otherwise, he concludes, we will be guilty of managing social inequality rather than addressing structural violence. Farmer's urgent plea to think about human rights in the context of global public health and to consider critical issues of quality and access for the world's poor should be of fundamental concern to a world characterized by the bizarre proximity of surfeit and suffering.
Subject Right to health.
Santé -- Aspect social.
Vulnerable Populations. (DNLM)D035862
Soziale Schichtung (DE-588)4077574-4
Menschenrecht (DE-588)4074725-6
Medizinische Versorgung (DE-588)4038270-9
Communicable Disease Control. (DNLM)D003140
Droits de l'homme.
Discrimination dans les soins médicaux.
Soziales Grundrecht (DE-588)4181928-7
Social stratification. (OCoLC)fst01123370
Right to health. (OCoLC)fst01759363
Soziale Schichtung.
Strukturelle Gewalt (DE-588)4058132-9
Inégalité sociale.
Human rights. (OCoLC)fst00963285
Human rights.
Gesundheit (DE-588)4020754-7
Armut (DE-588)4002963-3
Droit à la santé.
Discrimination in medical care. (OCoLC)fst00895105
Health Services Accessibility. (DNLM)D006297
Equality. (OCoLC)fst00914456
Human Rights. (DNLM)D006806
Medizinische Versorgung.
Pauvres -- Soins médicaux.
Socioeconomic Factors. (DNLM)D012959
Diskriminierung (DE-588)4012472-1
86.81 human rights. (NL-LeOCL)077608429
Poor -- Medical care.
Discrimination in medical care.
Poor -- Medical care. (OCoLC)fst01071102
Social stratification.
Local Subject Poor people -- Medical care.
Subject Diskriminierung.
Other Form: Online version: Farmer, Paul, 1959- Pathologies of power. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003 (OCoLC)1085907118
ISBN 0520235509 (Cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520235502 (Cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 9780520235502
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