“Health Disparities and Structural Injustice”
CANCELLED -Second Lecturer of the 2019-2020 Forry and Micken Lecture series on "Just Human Health" will be Madison Powers (Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University). The title of his lecture is talk is “Health Disparities and Structural Injustice” For Further information contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805. For further information, please contact Dee Brace at (413) 542-5805 or send e-mail to email@example.com
Abstract: There is considerable empirical evidence showing that members of some social groups "live sicker and die younger" than members of other social groups. For example, substantial health disparities are found among members of minority groups compared to majority populations of many nations. Poor people almost everywhere fare worse than affluent people, and poor people tend to fare even worse in societies marked by extreme economic inequality. Citizens of some countries live healthier and longer lives than citizens of other countries. Poor women living in informal human settlements in the global South often have higher rates of morbidity and premature mortality than men in these communities, while American men live sicker and die younger than American women. What, if anything, makes group-based health disparities potential matters of justice? A familiar answer points to the existence of structural injustice, where lifetime health prospects are systematically and pervasively shaped by deeply disadvantaging institutional arrangements and hierarchical relations of power. This talk explores a number of examples of population level health disparities and alternative ways of understanding the phenomenon of structural injustice.