ChickenBones: A Journal

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They speak of the need to move beyond the tunnel vision of unbridled economic growth and journey

on a path that will bring food, education, and adequate health care to all. Bravo to the Institute

for Health and Social Justice for exposing the human consequences of unjust global economic policies.



Dying for Growth

Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor

Edited by Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman


Viewing the contemporary world from the perspective of health outcomes, this penetrating and often harrowing inquiry provides a wealth of valuable insights and analyses, woven together with in-depth studies that are poignant, vivid, and highly informative. It is a challenge to complacency, a thoughtful and compelling call to action


Noam Chomsky


Thanks to the painstaking research, uncompromising analysis and compassionate advocacy of the Institute for Health and Social Justice, official and corporate actors of globalization will have no place to hide. Dying for Growth reveals in relentless detail the brutal health outcomes of their policies and provides proof positive that their vaunted ‘concern for the poor’ is a sham. A big, thorough, important book full of high caliber ammunition to be directed forthwith at the originators of limitless human suffering.


Susan  GeorgeAssociate Director of the Transnational Institute, Author of A Fate Worse Than and Faith and Credit


Dying for Growth is a deeply intelligent, thoroughly researched analysis of global health and inequality at the end of the 20th Century. It is a book of passion and courage that does not simply make indignant claims, but rather provides solid evidence of a causal relationship between failures of the current development paradigm and worsening poverty and human suffering. Written by a team of experienced health practitioners, social scientists and development workers, the volume speaks from both the heart and the mind about the urgent need to prioritize social justice and universal health improvements. Dying for Growth is a ‘must-read’ for all citizens and activists committed to meaningful change, who believe that health is central to the dignity of the person


James Orbinski

In an era in which the globalization of corporate enterprise has become prominent, this volume examines globalization’s consequences for the health and welfare of poor people. Through sound scholarship, Dying for Growth documents widening economic disparities. yet the book also demonstrates how equitable adversity. By showing that increased suffering among the poor is not an inevitable byproduct of our modern economy, it is a book that offers hope. For all those interested in equity and social justice this is an important volume which should have a large audience.



ulius B. Richmond, M.D.


Through documented evidence and careful analysis, Dying for Growth shatters the myth that the prevailing form of globalization is inevitable and shows that economic growth alone will not cure our ailing world. The poor, the ill, and the landless take center stage in this work. They speak of the need to move beyond the tunnel vision of unbridled economic growth and journey on a path that will bring food, education, and adequate health care to all. Bravo to the Institute for Health and Social Justice for exposing the human consequences of unjust global economic policies.


Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Former President of Haiti and Author of Eyes of the Heart


Dying for Growth‘s compelling case studies document how globalization–largely uncontrolled by nations but carefully controlled by corporations–is a major cause of global deterioration in the health and well-being of millions of people. Anyone concerned about this rapidly growing problem needs to read this excellent book, which brings together in one place, for the first time, an abundance of timely and important information with thousands of listed references.


Sidney Wolfe, M.D., Directly of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group


This impressive book is for all those who are puzzled by the failures of trickle down economics. In highly accessible prose, Dying for Growth explains why, amid extraordinary growth in world wealth, hundreds of millions still lack resources to secure adequate food, shelter, and healthcare. Through meticulous research, the authors trace how political and economic policies, such as structural adjustment programs, exacerbating global disparities and render the poorest people even more vulnerable to disease. Dying for Growth offers countless insights to students, policy makers, and health care workers. It will serve as an invaluable resource guide for all those interested in working to improve the health and well-being of the entire global community.


Johanna P. Daily, M.D., Division of Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard medical School and School of Public Health.


Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman, eds. Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor.

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Jim Yong Kim is a practicing physician and medical anthropologist. he is Executive Director of Partners in health (PIH), a public charity that works with sister organizations in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Cambodia, and the United States to improve health outcomes for poor people. In his role, he works closely with Socios en Salud, PIH’s sister organization in Peru, a global leader in combating the spread of multidrug resistant tuberculosis. he also directs an HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in Roxburg, Massachusetts. As Co-Director of the program in Infectious Disease and Social change in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard medical School. Dr. Kim teaches courses that focus on the nexus between poverty, culture, and infectious disease. His research examines the international pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical distribution and use in developing countries.

Joyce V. Millen is Co-Director of the Institute for Health and Social justice and a research associate in the program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard medical School. She is a medical anthropologist and also holds degrees in public health and international relations. She worked for seven years on health and agriculture projects in rural Senegal and has evaluated development programs in several other African countries. She ahs conducted extensive ethnomedical and epidemiology research among two West African ethnic groups, examining current political and socioeconomic forces that lead to changes in disease patterns and prevalence. her current research focuses on the health consequences of corporate-driven globalization, especially for marginalized populations.

Alec Irwin is an Assistant professor in the Department of religion at Amherst College and is research associate of the Institute for Health and Social justice. His scholarship and teaching explore how religious allegiances and conceptions of the sacred intertwine with economic and political factors to promote or inhibit social change. He is the author of Eros Toward the World, a comparison of ideas of love in the work of theologian Paul Tillich and in contemporary religious feminism. His recent articles have focused on the politics of sainthood in twentieth-century Europe. He is currently preparing a study of French philosopher and social activist Simone Weil, and is working to develop medical ethics and environmental ethics courses critically attuned to patterns of transformation in the global economy.

John Gershman is an Institute for Health and Social Justice Research Associate and a visiting doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. A political scientist by training, his research throughout the past 15 years has focused on United States foreign policy in Asia, nongovernmental organizations, and reform of international financial institutions, all with a special emphasis on the Philippines. He is co-editor of Trading Freedom: How Free Trade Affects our Lives, Work, and Environment.

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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar’s astonishing rise to become the world’s principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar’s changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America’s economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan’s bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar’s dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power–and the enormous risks–of the dollar’s worldwide reign.  The Economy

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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