The Leading eBooks Store Online 3,693,353 members ⚫ 1,195,028 ebooks

New to

Learn more

Pathologies of Power

Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor

Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer
Add to cart
US$ 15.16 US$ 12.13
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)
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.
University of California Press; November 2004
429 pages; ISBN 9780520931473
Read online, or download in secure PDF format
Title: Pathologies of Power
Author: Paul Farmer
  • News
World doctor Farmer links King's legacy, global health - Iowa City Press Citizen
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:18:27 -0800
Iowa City Press CitizenWorld doctor Farmer links King's legacy, global healthIowa City Press CitizenInvoking the legacy of ...
Carly Muller: Which generation will close gaps in health care for the poor? - Allentown Morning Call
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:05:18 -0700
Allentown Morning CallCarly Muller: Which generation will close gaps in health care for the poor?Allentown Morning CallIt ...
Outing' Honduras: A Human Rights Catastrophe in the Making - NACLA
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:30:00 -0800
NACLAOuting' Honduras: A Human Rights Catastrophe in the MakingNACLA9. Sandra Zambrano, “Asociación Por Una Vida ...