From Man to Machine: The Asocial Construction of Health

Through the ages, health has become asocial, ahistorical, positivist and individualist. Devoid of its social and economic nature, modern conceptions of health have successfully legitimised capitalist systems, and commodified the human body and its well-being.  This has not only robbed the individual of their sense of self, which is inherently social in nature, but has obfuscated the need to revisit and reform the social and power relations that surround us, and impact our health.

How did this modern institution of health come to be?

 

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The above feature is based on Vijay Kumar Yadavendu's article titled "Social Construction of Health: Changing Paradigms."

Curated by Akshita Mathur [akshita@epw.in]

Designed by Gulal Salil [gulal@epw.in]

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