Justice and the racial dimensions of health inequalities: A view from COVID-19

Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra*, Kaveri Qureshi, Gwenetta Curry, Nasar Meer

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Abstract

In this paper, we take up the call to further examine structural injustice in health, and racial inequalities in particular. We examine the many facets of racism: structural, interpersonal and institutional as they appeared in the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, and emphasize the relevance of their systemic character. We suggest that such inequalities were entirely foreseeable, for their causal mechanisms are deeply ingrained in our social structures. It is by recognising the conventional, unextraordinary nature of racism within social systems that we can begin to address socially mediated health inequalities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioethics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • racism
  • COVID 19
  • structural injustice
  • health and social inequality
  • racial capitalism

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