Critical Epidemiology and the People's Health

ISBN : 9780190492786

Jaime Breilh
280 Pages
127 x 178 mm
Pub date
Nov 2020
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An indispensable read for all those seeking to address the severe problems of local and global human health and environmental crises The widespread growth of monopolies and big business has led to a fourth industrial revolution focused on producing fast, living fast, and dying fast for the sole benefit of accelerated profit. Despite unprecedented accumulations of wealth and industry, the world has watched as indicators of income inequality-a partial parameter of social inequity-have increased, while big business, with their nearly unrestricted influence, has increasingly distorted advancements in medical research. Bold and incisive, Critical Epidemiology and the People's Health invites readers to the next great paradigm in public health by promoting a progressive, transdisciplinary, intercultural, community-building approach radically divergent from the presiding object-based, empiricist mode of thinking. A concise overview of the Latin American Social Medicine movement, this book introduces the work of leading scientist Jaime Breilh to a global English audience, focusing on key questions such as: What are the real challenges facing critical epidemiology during the current time of immense turmoil and inequity? How can we conduct responsible and sensitive public health research? What role does epidemiology play in addressing the societal ills of both the global North and South? And how can we create a more rigorous, updated, and effective epidemiology? In addressing these questions, Critical Epidemiology and the People's Health offers readers a clear-eyed and much-needed perspective on how to overcome Cartesian reductionism with renewed methodological tools to address the rampant growth of injustices harming our global collective health and to subvert the reigning notions of health prevention and promotion.


Nancy Krieger
Introduction: Critical epidemiology
1. Context, challenges and landmarks of critical epidemiology
2. Method and categories beyond the knowledge illusion of the Cartesian lineal causal bubble
3. The common good and the people's awakening

About the author: 

Jaime Breilh is Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation of Collective Health and Environment at Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Ecuador.

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