Mama Might Be Better Off Dead

The Failure of Health Care in Urban America

Author: Laurie Kaye Abraham

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022601939X

Category: Social Science

Page: 297

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Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is an unsettling, profound look at the human face of health care. Both disturbing and illuminating, it immerses readers in the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in America's inner-cities. The story takes place in North Lawndale, a neighborhood that lies in the shadows of Chicago's Loop. Although surrounded by some of the city's finest medical facilities, North Lawndale is one of the sickest, most medically underserved communities in the country. Headed by Jackie Banes, who oversees the care of a diabetic grandmother, a husband on kidney dialysis, an ailing father, and three children, the Banes family contends with countless medical crises. From visits to emergency rooms and dialysis units, to trials with home care, to struggles for Medicaid eligibility, Abraham chronicles their access (or lack of access) to medical care. Told sympathetically but without sentimentality, their story reveals an inadequate health care system that is further undermined by the direct and indirect effects of poverty. When people are poor, they become sick easily. When people are sick, their families quickly become poorer. Embedded in the family narrative is a lucid analysis of the gaps, inconsistencies, and inequalities the poor face when they seek health care. This book reveals what health care policies crafted in Washington, D. C. or state capitals look like when they hit the street. It shows how Medicaid and Medicare work and don't work, the Catch-22s of hospital financing in the inner city, the racial politics of organ transplants, the failure of childhood immunization programs, the vexed issues of individual responsibility and institutional paternalism. One observer puts it this way: "Show me the poor woman who finds a way to get everything she's entitled to in the system, and I'll show you a woman who could run General Motors." Abraham deftly weaves these themes together to make a persuasive case for health care reform while unflinchingly presenting the complexities that will make true reform as difficult as it is necessary. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is a book with the power to change the way health care is understood in America. For those seeking to learn what our current system of health care promises and what it delivers, it offers a place for the debate to begin.

Theorie als Kampf?

Zur politischen Soziologie Pierre Bourdieus

Author: Uwe H. Bittlingmayer,Rolf Eickelpasch,Jens Kastner,Claudia Rademacher

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3663116352

Category: Social Science

Page: 492

View: 6012

Der Band beleuchtet das Verhältnis zwischen Bourdieus Sozialtheorie und politischem Kampf. Das Buch lotet die Reichweite und Erklärungskraft der Sozialtheorie Pierre Bourdieus für gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse im Kontext des neoliberalen Diskurses aus. Bourdieu gehört seit den 90erJahren zu den wenigen Soziologen, die versucht haben, unmittelbaren Einfluss auf politische Prozesse und Debatten zu nehmen. Im Buch wird die Reichweite der politischen Soziologie Bourdieus diskutiert. In welchem Verhältnis steht das politische Engagement Bourdieus zu seinen theoretischen Schriften, empirischen Analysen und seiner Skepsis gegenüber Intellektuellen.

Laudato si

Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes

Author: Franziskus (Papst),

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 345180736X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2899

Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.

The Coming Plague

Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

Author: Laurie Garrett

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429953276

Category: Science

Page: 250

View: 692

"Here is a volume that should be required reading for policy makers and health professionals." - Kirkus Reviews After four decades of assuming that the conquest of all infectous diseases was imminent, people on all continents now find themselves besieged by AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera that defies chlorine water treatment, and exotic viruses that can kill in a matter of hours. Based on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Central America and the United States, The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of northern Zaire on a harrowing, fifty year journey through our battles with the microbes, and tells us what must be done to prevent the coming plague.

Human Rights in Our Own Backyard

Injustice and Resistance in the United States

Author: William T. Armaline,Davita Silfen Glasberg,Bandana Purkayastha

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812222571

Category: Political Science

Page: 325

View: 1977

Most Americans assume that the United States provides a gold standard for human rights--a 2007 survey found that 80 percent of U.S. adults believed that "the U.S. does a better job than most countries when it comes to protecting human rights." As well, discussions among scholars and public officials in the United States frame human rights issues as concerning people, policies, or practices "over there." By contrast, the contributors to this volume argue that many of the greatest immediate and structural threats to human rights, and some of the most significant efforts to realize human rights in practice, can be found in our own backyard. Human Rights in Our Own Backyard examines the state of human rights and responses to human rights issues, drawing on sociological literature and perspectives to interrogate assumptions of American exceptionalism. How do people in the U.S. address human rights issues? What strategies have they adopted, and how successful have these strategies been? Essays are organized around key conventions of human rights, focusing on the relationships between human rights and justice, the state and the individual, civil rights and human rights, and group rights versus individual rights. The contributors are united by a common conception of the human rights enterprise as a process involving not only state-defined and implemented rights but also human rights from below as promoted by activists.

Der Dschungel

Author: Upton Sinclair (Schriftsteller, USA)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783293206649


Page: 416

View: 2748

Health/PAC Bulletin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Public health

Page: N.A

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Chicago Enterprise

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Chicago (Ill.)

Page: N.A

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The Utne Reader


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Underground press publications

Page: N.A

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Demography in Transition

Emerging Trends in Population Studies

Author: Amanda K. Baumle

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Political Science

Page: 194

View: 4517

The discipline of demography, much like the population processes which comprise its focus, changes theoretically, methodologically, and substantively as the world's populations respond to internal and external forces. These disciplinary shifts are often identified and examined by demographers in academic journals and at annual population studies conferences. Demography in Transition is a compilation of seven studies presented by demographers at the Southwestern Sociological Association's 2005 Annual Meeting. The works selected for this volume provide unique insight into complex demographic issues, as well as highlight many of the growing foci in the discipline. There has been a movement in demographic research towards focusing on understanding population processes for more heterogeneous, rather than homogenous, populations. This movement has resulted in an increase in research concentrating on outcomes dependent on gender, race, and ethnicity. Changes in population structures within the United States have resulted in another notable disciplinary focus. Aging populations, altering family structures, and a rise in Asian and Latino immigration to the U.S. have all attributed to novel areas of research for demographers. These timely issues, and their intersections, are central to the research explored in the chapters contained in this volume. In their chapters, these demographers examine the manner in which race and ethnicity affect access to heath care; the consequences and concerns associated with an aging population; the factors affecting Asian migration patterns; and the demographic implications of changing family structures. These chapters provide a glimpse into the current insights provided by demographic research, as well as directions for its future.

Texas Forum on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

A Publication of the University of Texas School of Law and the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar of Texas

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civil rights

Page: N.A

View: 9706

The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care

A Critical Approach

Author: Rose Weitz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780534247560

Category: Social Science

Page: 476

View: 301

Traditionally, medical sociology texts have been written from a medical perspective, focusing primarily on health issues as they have been defined by doctors, and often reading much like health education textbooks. Weitz, instead, adopts a critical perspective, sometimes challenging medical perspectives, sometimes raising broader issues beyond those of interest to the medical world. This perspective, which is more thoroughly sociological, is now more common among instructors than the older medical perspective.

Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness


Author: Rachel E. Spector

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange

ISBN: 9780838513972

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 407

View: 5366

The sixth edition of this well-respected book continues to promote an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Completely revised and updated, it includes the latest information on the health care delivery system in a new organizational format. It examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system and consumers, and examples of traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. An emphasis on the influences of recent social, political, and demographic changes helps to explore the issues and perceptions of health and illness today. Book jacket.

Just Generosity

A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America

Author: Ronald J. Sider

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group


Category: Religion

Page: 266

View: 3235

Calls American Christians to take on Jesus’ concern and end poverty by embracing a comprehensive, holistic vision that combines public policy and religious compassion.

Breaking the Fine Rain of Death

African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care

Author: Emilie Maureen Townes

Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group


Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 3351

Townes describes the lamentable history of health care in African American communities, offers models of care that have worked, and provides practical recommendations that are both sensitive to class and cultural context, and relevant to the needs of the Black Church and the African American community.

Community Health Nursing

Concepts and Practice

Author: Judith Ann Allender,Barbara Walton Spradley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Community health nursing

Page: 799

View: 7473

he Fifth Edition of this comprehensive text has been thoroughly revised to present an increased emphasis on self care. New to this edition are: enhanced appendices and reference tools; Web sites/phone numbers of pertinent health care agencies; critical thinking exercises that require Internet searches; and additional photos and tables. Ten chapters have been updated with state-of-the-art information about environmental health and safety; issues of working with populations and groups; prevention of and intervention in community crises; family health assessment/practice; and more

Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health

Documents and Essays

Author: John Harley Warner,Janet A. Tighe

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780395954355

Category: Medical

Page: 539

View: 2414

This text presents a carefully selected group of readings on medical history and development that allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.