Lux Humana – Book of the Week 16 / 2013 : Health Justice











Sridhar Venkatapuram: Health Justice – an Argument from the Capabilities Approach , (2011)


Publisher’s description:

“Social factors have a powerful influence on human health and longevity. Yet the social dimensions of health are often obscured in public discussions due to the overwhelming focus in health policy on medical care, individual-level risk factor research, and changing individual behaviours. Likewise, in philosophical approaches to health and social justice, the debates have largely focused on rationing problems in health care and on personal responsibility. However, a range of events over the past two decades such as the study of modern famines, the global experience of HIV/AIDS, the international women’s health movement, and the flourishing of social epidemiological research have drawn attention to the robust relationship between health and broad social arrangements. In Health Justice, Sridhar Venkatapuram takes up the problem of identifying what claims individuals have in regard to their health in modern societies and the globalized world. Recognizing the social bases of health and longevity, Venkatapuram extends the ‘Capabilities Approach’ of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum into the domain of health and health sciences. In so doing, he formulates an inter-disciplinary argument that draws on the natural and social sciences as well as debates around social justice to argue for every human being’s moral entitlement to a capability to be healthy. An ambitious integration of the health sciences and the Capabilities Approach, Health Justice aims to provide a concrete ethical grounding for the human right to health, while advancing the field of health policy and placing health at the centre of social justice theory.”


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Health, Power, Justice and Truth. Review of Venkatapuram, S. Health Justice: An Argument from the Capabilities Approach
A.J. Pritchard
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 18, 2012, p. 1116-1118

Health Justice: An Argument From the Capabilities Approach ; [Book Review]
Joseph J. Fins
JAMA, May 16, 2012, vol. 307, no. 19, p. 2106

Health justice and capabilities: A turning point for global health?
Su-ming Khoo
International Sociology, vol. 28, no. 2, p. 155-167

Health Justice by Sridhar Venkatapuram ; [Book Review]
Simon Wigley
Political Studies Review, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 248-249

Health Justice ; [Book Review]
Denny Vågerö
Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 34, no. 7, p. 1118-1119

Sridhar Venkatapuram
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Health and social justice: The capability to be healthy
Sridhar Venkatapuram
Dissertation, King’s College, University of Cambridge, December 2007

Global Justice and the Social Determinants of Health
Sridhar Venkatapuram
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 24.2 (Summer 2010)

The right to sutures: Social epidemiology, human rights, and social justice
Sridhar Venkatapuram, Ruth Bell, and Michael Marmot
Health and Human Rights, vol. 12, no. 2, 2010

Epidemiology and social justice in light of social determinants of health research
Sridhar Venkatapuram and Mchael Marmot
Bioethics, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 79-89

Health, vital goals, and central human capabilities
Sridhar Venkatapuram
Bioethics, 16 March, 2012

Subjective wellbeing: a primer for poverty analysts
Sridhar Venkatapuram
Journal of Poverty & Social Justice, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 5-17






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