When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles For Health And Social Equality
ISBN: 1503611302
EAN13: 9781503611306
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 4, 2020
Pages: 328
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles For Health And Social Equality

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When Misfortune Becomes Injustice surveys the last thirty years of health, economic, and social rights advancement within the international human rights community. Alicia Ely Yamin reflects on her firsthand experience as an academic, practitioner, and advocate to explore the shift in how international human rights bodies approached issues of health and ill-health. Yamin argues the narrative has evolved to view health as a human right, encapsulating health crises as injustices, not simply misfortunes.

Starting with debates in the 1970s, Yamin carefully surveys the points of intersection and friction between the fields of law, public health, and economics and development conversations to show how the general discourse evolved over time. When Misfortune Becomes Injustice tells a story of extraordinary progress with respect to the right to health over the last few decades, including how traditional forms of tyranny and discrimination were curbed, and how new discourses of equality were formed. However, Yamin shows that the possibilities and political space necessary to advance a robustly egalitarian health rights agenda are increasingly shrinking with growing inequality, and a greater attention to diverse strategies for resistance and social transformation is sorely needed.

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