Social justice as epidemic control: Two Latin American case studies

Alex Nading*, Lucy Lowe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In this article, we draw on two cases—one of the reproductive justice movements in the wake of the Latin American Zika epidemic, and one of an environmental justice movements spurred by an epidemic of chronic kidney disease among sugarcane workers—to argue for social justice as an “elastic” technology of epidemic control. In its compressed form, social justice simply refers to the fair distribution of medical goods. In its expanded form, it emphasizes the recognition and representation not just of medical problems, but of entangled histories of racial, gendered, and economic inequity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-471
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Anthropology
Issue number6
Early online date13 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Latin America
  • epidemiology
  • health communication
  • race and gender
  • social movements
  • zika


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