In this volume, leading scholars and practitioners examine the impact of various types of violence (political -- such as war and genocide -- as well as the everyday structural violence of extreme poverty and racism) on health, psychosocial ...
well-being, and health care delivery. Through case studies that put a human face on violence, they challenge modern notions that violence is somehow a normal, inevitable part of human existence. Using the power of ethnographic narrative they make the case that it is important to see violence that happens to others, no matter how distant from us they may seem. By exploring violence through the prism of health and healthcare, the authors show how locally-situated suffering and inequality is shaped by larger political and economic forces, while also demonstrating the potential of health care for creating, even in the worst scenarios, opportunities for hope and change. By investigating the fields of violence that define our modern world, the authors provide alternative global health paradigms that can be used to develop more effective policies and programs.