Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People's Health

Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People's Health

by Keisha Ray
Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People's Health

Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People's Health

by Keisha Ray

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Overview

Why do American Black people generally have worse health than American White people? To answer this question, Black Health dispels any notion that Black people have inferior bodies that are inherently susceptible to disease. This is simply false racial science used to justify White supremacy and Black inferiority. A genuine investigation into the status of Black people's health requires us to acknowledge that race has always been a powerful social category that gives access to the resources we need for health and wellbeing to some people, while withholding them from other people.

Systemic racism, oppression, and White supremacy in American institutions have largely been the perpetrators of differing social power and access to resources for Black people. It is these systemic inequities that create the social conditions needed for poor health outcomes for Black people to persist. An examination of social inequities reveals that is no accident that Black people have poorer health than White people. Black Health provides a succinct discussion of Black people's health, including the social, political, and at times cultural determinants of their health. Using real stories from Black people, Ray examines the ways in which Black people's multiple identities—social, cultural, and political—intersect with American institutions—such as housing, education, environmentalism, and health care—to facilitate their poor outcomes in pregnancy and birth, pain management, sleep, and cardiovascular disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780197620274
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/14/2023
Series: Bioethics for Social Justice
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 645,186
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Keisha Ray is an Associate Professor of bioethics and medical humanities at McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. Her research focuses on the socio-political determinants of Black people's health and exposing structural racism's effects on Black people's health and wellbeing.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: What is Black Health?
Chapter 1: Why are Hospital Births Unsafe for Black People?
Chapter 2: Who Believes Our Pain?
Chapter 3: Is Cardiovascular Disease A Part of the Black Experience?
Chapter 4: Does Where We Sleep Matter?

Acknowledgements
Index
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