Chronic Illness in a Pakistani Labour Diaspora

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Chronic Illness in a Pakistani Labour Diaspora documents the epidemic of chronic illness that afflicts Pakistanis in Britain. Drawing on fieldwork carried out over a decade, it shows how the structures of race and class into which postwar immigrants were incorporated upon their arrival in Britain left a legacy of untimely and unjust chronic illness that has persisted and become even more entrenched over time and generations. The book examines how Pakistani people have made sense of this epidemic and how it has affected families, households and livelihoods. It looks at the moral imagination chronic ill health inspires about responsibilities towards others, safety nets and care. Finally, in this context where carers so often also suffer ill health, the book examines the ethics of patience and waiting for divine intervention. Bringing diaspora studies together with the anthropology of global health, the book unravels the layered distress of everyday life lived with chronic illness.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDurham, N.C.
PublisherStaempfli/Carolina Academic Press/Bruylant
Number of pages298
ISBN (Electronic)9781531009731
ISBN (Print)9781611638325
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameEthnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology
PublisherCarolina Academic Press


  • anthropology
  • ethnographic
  • medical anthropology


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