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Bodies, Pain and Suffering
Bodies, pain and suffering
Introduction

So far, this book has considered health inequalities as a theoretical and empirical problem and as a matter of social justice. Tabulated mortality figures show how poor living conditions, including low income, are associated with premature death. Variable rates of morbidity and mortality are summary measures of the embodiment of political, economic and social conditions and while they represent illness and death, they do not speak of the loss and pain of the bodies themselves. Health inequalities research has been of progressive intent, seeking to reduce the excess rates of morbidity and mortality suffered by marginalized groups. However, a representation of death or illness that elides the suffering of individual bodies, failing to bear witness to their pain, ...

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