The Politics of Health A conversation with Jonathan Metzl and others about the social and political construction of “health”
DATE: November 8th, 2018
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
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Slought and the Health Ecologies Lab are pleased to announce The Politics of Health, a conversation with Jonathan Metzl and others about the social and political construction of “health” on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm. Metzl writes at the intersection of psychiatry, the history and sociology of science, and contemporary politics. In books such as The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (2010) and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (2010), Metzl offers fundamental insights into the way in which healthcare exacerbates disparities. His forthcoming book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland (2019), analyzes the health effects of white supremacy in the era of Trump. This event, which will take place two days after the US midterm elections, will also engage the results of the election and strategies going forward.
Dying of Whiteness (2019) analyzes the consequences of right-wing backlash policies under Donald Trump’s pledge to make American lives great again. Through a series of interviews, Metzl examines the impact of racial resentment on public policy, gun laws, the Affordable Care Act, schools and social services. Not only does he reveal the ties between policy and racial resentment, he also unveils the costs of these policies, including increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. Metzl argues that Trump’s policies, while promising to change lives for the better, are in reality fueled by racial hierarchies which profoundly undermine the health of America’s Heartland. Join us for this timely conversation about Dying of Whiteness and Metzl’s longstanding engagement with the politics of health.
This event is co-presented with Jefferson Humanities & Health and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and is the first of two events featuring sustained conversations with Metzl. The conversation with Metzl at Slought will be moderated by Michelle Munyikwa, an MD/PhD Student in Anthropology, and Aaron Levy, Senior Lecturer in English and History of Art, University of Pennsylvania.