Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Mar 26, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 419 pages
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"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.
  

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Review: Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

This is the first book of Farmer that I read. It transformed the way that I viewed the world: it introduced me to the idea of liberation theology and the writing of Eduardo Galeano. Read full review

Review: Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor

User Review  - Lisa Faye - Goodreads

While I have read "Mountain Beyond Mountains" - and LOVED it - this was my first book by Paul Farmer. It was a great read and I respect the man so much. Especially a significant read with the recent ... Read full review

Contents

BEARING WITNESS
23
ONE PHYSICIANS PERSPECTIVE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
135
Afterword
247
Notes
257
Bibliography
333
Credits
379
Index
383
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Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, is Lamont University Professor, Harvard University.

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