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HeLa: Structural violence

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HeLa: Structural violence

  1. 1. Structural Violence
  2. 2. Definition • What do you think it means? • How is it different from direct violence?
  3. 3. Definition • Systematic ways in which social structures harm or otherwise disadvantage individuals • “Structural violence is visited upon all those whose social status denies them access to the fruits of scientific and social progress.”—Dr. Paul Farmer • Institutionalized elitism, ethnocentrism, classism, racism, sexism, adultism, nationalism, heterosexism and ageism
  4. 4. Effects • “constraint of agency” • What are some structural barriers or structural inequalities that may extend to structural harm?
  5. 5. Poverty and Inequality
  6. 6. Some stats • 291,000 deaths in US attributable to poverty/income inequality • US infant mortality rate is double for African Americans than for Caucasians • 46.2 million people live in poverty in US (about 15%--22% of children) • About 700 million world wide are starving • 1 in 4 children die before their 5th birthday • 2.5 billion don’t have access to sanitation facilities
  7. 7. Relating the concept • Do you find evidence of structural violence in the HeLa book? • Specific examples? • Assigning culpability… • How does structural violence relate to social entrepreneurship?

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