When Misfortune Becomes Injustice (2 ed)
Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality, Second Edition

By (author) Alicia Ely Yamin

ISBN13: 9781503635944

Imprint: Stanford University Press

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Format: Paperback / softback

Published: 04/07/2023

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When Misfortune Becomes Injustice surveys the progress and challenges in deploying human rights to advance health and social equality over recent decades, with a focus on women's health and rights. Alicia Yamin weaves together theory and firsthand experience in a compelling narrative of how evolving legal norms, empirical knowledge, and development paradigms have interacted in the realization of health rights, and challenges us to consider why these advances have failed to produce greater equality within and between nations, and how the human rights praxis must now urgently address threats to social and gender justice, in health and beyond. In this revised and expanded second edition, Yamin incorporates crucial lessons learned about the state of global public health systems during the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrating just how incompatible the current institutionalized social order-based on a form of neoliberal, globalizing financialized capitalism-is with a social order in which the rights of all people can be realized. In a world wrought by decades of disinvestment in public health, health systems, and social protection, along with an evident crisis of confidence in the capacity of political institutions and international governance to lead the way, the response is not "business as usual" legalism in human rights, but rather turning toward questions of political economy and working through social movements.
  • International law
  • Illness & addiction: social aspects
  • Public health & safety law
  • Professional & Vocational
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