Staying Alive provides a fresh perspective on the issues surrounding health, health care, and illness. In addition to the traditional approaches of health sciences and the sociology of health, this book shows the impact that human rights issues and political economy have on health. This provocative volume takes up these issues as they occur in Canada and the United States within a wider international context. No other book takes such an in-depth look at the construction of health care and illness internationally.
This unique contributed volume also contains chapters on issues of pharmaceutical policy, social exclusion, gender and care, the social construction of illness and disability, and approaches to promoting population health that include insights into the impact of economic forces such as globalization and privatization on health care and other health issues.
With its emphasis on political economy and power distribution in a global perspective, Staying Alive will become essential reading for those with an interest in the relationship between human rights and health.