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Social Inequities and Contemporary Struggles for Collective Health in Latin America

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    This book explores the legacy of the Latin American Social Medicine and Collective Health (LASM-CH) movements and other key approaches—including human rights activism and popular opposition to neoliberal governance—that have each distinguished the struggle for collective health in Latin America during the twentieth and now into the twnety-first century.

    At a time when global health has been pushed to adopt increasingly conservative agendas in the wake of global financial crisis and amidst the rise of radical-right populist politics, attention to the legacies of Latin America’s epistemological innovations and social movement action are especially warranted. This collection addresses three crosscutting themes:

    • First, how LASM-CH perspectives have taken root as an element of international cooperation and solidarity in the health arena in the region and beyond, into the twenty-firstcentury.
    • Second, how LASM-CH perspectives have been incorporated and restyled into major contemporary health system reforms in the region.
    • Third, how elements of the LASM-CH legacy mark contemporary health social movements in the region, alongside additional key influences on collective action for health at present.

    Working at the nexus of activism, policy, and health equity, this multidisciplinary collection offers new perspective on struggles for justice in twenty-first-century Latin America.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Global Public Health.

    Introduction: Social inequities and contemporary struggles for collective health in Latin America, Emily E. Vasquez, Amaya Perez-Brumer, and Richard G. Parker

    1. Social Medicine and International Expert Networks in Latin America, 1930-1945, Eric Carter

    2. Social medicine, feminism and the politics of population: From transnational knowledge networks to national social movements in Brazil and Mexico, Rafael de la Dehesa

    3. Latin American social medicine across borders: South–South cooperation and the making of health solidarity, Anne-Emanuelle Birn & Carles Muntaner

    4. Collective Health and Regional Integration in Latin America: An opportunity for building a new international health agenda, María Belén Herrero, Jorgelina Loza & Marcela Beatriz Belardo

    5. Revisiting the social determinants of health agenda from the global South, Elis Borde & Mario Hernández

    6. Theoretical underpinnings of state institutionalisation of inclusion and struggles in collective health in Latin America, Qamar Mahmood & Carles Muntaner

    7. History and challenges of Brazilian social movements for the achievement of the right to adequate food, Ana Carolina Feldenheimer da Silva, Elisabetta Recine, Paula Johns, Fabio da Silva Gomes, Mariana de Araújo Ferraz & Eduardo Faerstein

    8. La Revolución Ciudadana and social medicine: Undermining community in the state provision of health care in Ecuador, Karin Friederic & Brian J. Burke

    9. Social transformation, collective health and community-based arts: ‘Buen Vivir’ and Ecuador's social circus programme, Jennifer B. Spiegel, Benjamin Ortiz Choukroun, Arturo Campaña, Katherine M. Boydell, Jaime Breilh & Annalee Yassi

    10. ‘Live Beautiful, Live Well’ (‘Vivir Bonito, Vivir Bien’) in Nicaragua: Environmental health citizenship in a post neoliberal context, Christopher Hartmann

    11. Rites of Resistance: Sex Workers’ Fight to Maintain Rights and Pleasure in the Centre of the Response to HIV in Brazil, Laura Rebecca Murray, Deanna Kerrigan & Vera Silvia Paiva

    12. Confluent paths: Research and community participation to protect the right to health among transgender women in Peru, Ximena Salazar, Arón Núnez-Curto, Jana Villayzán Aguilar, Miluska Lusquiños, Angélica Motta Ochoa & Carlos F. Cáceres

    13. Santo Domingo’s LGBT social movement: At the crossroads of HIV and LGBT activism, H Daniel Castellanos

    14. Social Class for Collective Health Research: A Conceptual and Empirical Challenge, Adriana Gisela Martinez-Parra, César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero, Chiharu Murata, Ignacio Méndez Ramírez & Ignacio Méndez Gómez-Humaran

    15. Struggles for the right to health at work in Colombia: The case of associations of workers with work-related illnesses, Mauricio Torres-Tovar & Jairo Ernesto Luna-García

    16. The mental health users’ movement in Argentina from the perspective of Latin American Collective Health, Sara Ardila-Gómez, Martín Agrest, Marina A. Fernández, Melina Rosales, Lucila López, Alberto Rodolfo Velzi Díaz, Santiago Javier Vivas, Guadalupe Ares Lavalle, Eduardo Basz, Pamela Scorza & Alicia Stolkiner

    17. Global frameworks, local strategies: Women's rights, health, and the tobacco control movement in Argentina, Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez & Ann Pederson

    18. The decriminalisation of abortion in Colombia as cautionary tale. Social movements, numbers and socio-technical struggles in the promotion of health as a right, Oscar Javier Maldonado

    19. Struggles for maintenance: Patient activism and dialysis dilemmas amidst a global diabetes epidemic, Amy Moran-Thomas


    Emily E. Vasquez is in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

    Amaya Perez-Brumer is at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada.

    Richard G. Parker holds appointments at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association.