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The Resource Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination, Alondra Nelson

Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination, Alondra Nelson

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Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination
Title
Body and soul
Title remainder
the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination
Statement of responsibility
Alondra Nelson
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here the author recovers a lesser known aspect of the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care. The Black Panther Party's health activism, its network of free health clinics, its campaign to raise awareness about genetic disease, and its challenges to medical discrimination, was an expression of its founding political philosophy and also a recognition that poor blacks were both underserved by mainstream medicine and overexposed to its harms. Drawing on extensive historical research as well as interviews with former members of the Black Panther Party, she argues that the Party's focus on health care was both practical and ideological. Building on a long tradition of medical self-sufficiency among African Americans, the Panthers' People's Free Medical Clinics administered basic preventive care, tested for lead poisoning and hypertension, and helped with housing, employment, and social services. In 1971, the party launched a campaign to address sickle cell anemia. In addition to establishing screening programs and educational outreach efforts, it exposed the racial biases of the medical system that had largely ignored sickle cell anemia, a disease that predominantly affected people of African descent. The Black Panther Party's understanding of health as a basic human right and its engagement with the social implications of genetics anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race. That legacy and that struggle continues today in the commitment of health activists and the fight for universal health care
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NLM
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Nelson, Alondra
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA448.5.N4
LC item number
N45 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WA 11 AA1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Black Panther Party
  • Minorities
  • Discrimination in medical care
  • Race discrimination
  • Black Panther Party
  • Health Status
  • African Americans
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • History, 20th Century
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Prejudice
  • Race Relations
  • United States
  • United States
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Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination, Alondra Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : serving the people body and soul -- African American responses to medical discrimination before 1966 -- Origins of Black Panther Party health activism -- The people's free medical clinics -- Spin doctors : the politics of sickle cell anemia -- As American as cherry pie : contesting the biologization of violence -- Conclusion : race and health in the post-civil rights era
Control code
719427969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780816676491
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011040833
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)719427969
Label
Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination, Alondra Nelson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : serving the people body and soul -- African American responses to medical discrimination before 1966 -- Origins of Black Panther Party health activism -- The people's free medical clinics -- Spin doctors : the politics of sickle cell anemia -- As American as cherry pie : contesting the biologization of violence -- Conclusion : race and health in the post-civil rights era
Control code
719427969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780816676491
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011040833
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)719427969

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