In a major contribution to the study of diabetes, this book is the first to analyze the disease through a syndemic framework. An innovative, mixed-methods study, Emily Mendenhall shows how adverse social conditions, such as poverty and oppressive relationships, disproportionately stress certain populations and expose them to disease clusters. She goes beyond epidemiological research that has linked diabetes and depression, revealing how broad structural inequalities play out in the life histories of individuals, families, and communities, and lead to higher rates of mortality and morbidity. This intimate portrait of syndemic suffering is a model study of chronic disease disparity among the poor in high income countries and will be widely read in public health, medical anthropology, and related fields.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: Synthesizing the Syndemic Chapter 2: Synergy of the Self: Enduring Syndemic Suffering Chapter 3: Unpacking VIDDA: An Analysis of Social Distress Chapter 4: Borderlands: Immigration, Integration, and Isolation Chapter 5: Narrative to Mechanism: Understanding Distress and Diabetes