Hot Off Penn Press: An end-of-year bonanza

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FEATURED TITLES


Between CulturesBetween Cultures: Europe and Its Others in Five Exemplary Lives
Jerrold Seigel

"Jerrold Seigel, one of our most astute commentators on the Western self, now explores the lives and writings of five remarkable men moving between modern cultural worlds. From Richard Burton to Orhan Pamuk, Seigel leads us on a fascinating journey where religion, eros, politics, and violence are all brought into play across regimes of colonial conflict. An absorbing examination of loss and discovery, Between Cultures gives us powerful new insights into what belonging can mean in our entangled universe."—Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto

The remarkable individuals whose stories make up Jerrold Seigel's Between Cultures—Richard Burton, T. E. Lawrence, Louis Massignon, Chinua Achebe, and Orhan Pamuk—without ever seeking to exit from the ways of life into which they were born, all devoted themselves to exploring a second cultural identity as an intrinsic part of their first.

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288 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4761-9 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9193-3 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series

 


AMERICAN HISTORY


Beyond RustBeyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America
Allen Dieterich-Ward

"Beyond Rust nails it: From building the all-consuming steel industry to its rebirth after decades of economic and environmental disintegration, Pittsburgh has always been in a cycle of transformation. Allen Dieterich-Ward's important book tracks the innovative methods—as well as the tragic missteps—of leaders who developed a mix of public-private partnerships, historic preservation, and collaboration with universities and foundations to create a model twenty-first-century city, which is still evolving."—Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Beyond Rust is among the first books of its kind to continue past the collapse of American manufacturing in the 1980s by exploring the diverse ways residents of an iconic industrial region sought places for themselves within a new economic order.

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360 pages | 6 x 9 | 17 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4767-1 | $39.95s | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9202-2 | $39.95s | £26.00
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

 

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian RightFamily Values and the Rise of the Christian Right
Seth Dowland

"'Family Values' politics is omnipresent in the history and rhetoric (and study) of the Christian Right, yet what exactly does it mean, and how, why, and when did it gain such remarkable traction? Weaving a boldly and beautifully written story through the many stages of evangelical family life, grassroots activism, advocacy, and public policy, Seth Dowland tells us. His is the definitive study of a movement—a phenomenon—that has shaped modern American politics in its image."—Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right chronicles how the family values agenda became so powerful in American political life and why it appealed to conservative evangelical Christians.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4760-2 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9191-9 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

 

Reform or RepressionReform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement
Chad Pearson

"Meticulously researched and well written, Reform or Repression tells a series of dramatic, linked stories of open shop campaigns. The book is part of a growing trend of labor historians studying management, though there is no other book quite like it."—David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class

Examining the professional lives of a variety of businessmen and their advocates with the intent of taking their words seriously, Chad Pearson paints a vivid picture of an epic contest between industrial employers and labor, and challenges our comfortable notions of Progressive Era reformers.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4776-3 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9220-6 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the American Business, Politics, and Society series

 

Slavery and the Democratic ConscienceSlavery and the Democratic Conscience: Political Life in Jeffersonian America
Padraig Riley

"How is it, Padraig Riley asks, that the most radical democratic elements of U.S. political life joined with slaveholders to create the first American party system? Joining a wave of recent scholarship focused on the 'forgotten' period between the Revolutionary and antebellum eras, Riley looks beyond the usual suspects to uncover an unlikely and fascinating cast of characters, shedding new light on early American politics. An important contribution to the literature on the politics of slavery in the early American republic."—François Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

Slavery and the Democratic Conscience explains how democratic subjects confronted and came to terms with slaveholder power in the early American Republic. Slavery was not an exception to the rise of American democracy, Padraig Riley argues, but was instead central to the formation of democratic institutions and ideals.

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328 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4749-7 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9170-4 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series

 


ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN


Ideas of Chinese GardensIdeas of Chinese Gardens: Western Accounts, 1300-1860
Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Editor

"By bringing essential sources together in one book, Bianca Maria Rinaldi facilitates comparisons among them, making possible a more nuanced understanding of the development of European ideas about Chinese gardens over time."—David Porter, author of The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England

An annotated collection of essential texts written by European observers from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, Ideas of Chinese Gardens chronicles the evolution of Western perceptions of gardens of China, from curiosity to admiration and ultimately to rejection, echoing the changes in European attitudes toward China.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 23 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4763-3 | $89.95s | £58.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9208-4 | $89.95s | £58.50
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series

 


CLASSICS


The Sea in the Greek ImaginationThe Sea in the Greek Imagination
Marie-Claire Beaulieu

"Marie-Claire Beaulieu's way of analyzing the Greek vision of the sea as a cosmological boundary opens an unexpected and marvelous perspective on the civilization that shaped Western culture. It is a wonderful method to get to the core of Ancient Greek culture: a fascinating dive into a magical sea of myths."—Emilio Suárez de la Torre, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

In The Sea in the Greek Imagination, Marie-Claire Beaulieu unifies the multifarious representations of the sea and sea-crossing in Greek myth and imagery by positing the sea as a cosmological boundary between the worlds of the living, the dead, and the gods, or between reality and imagination.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 27 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4765-7 | $79.95s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9196-4 | $79.95s | £52.00

 

The Gods, the State, and the IndividualThe Gods, the State, and the Individual: Reflections on Civic Religion in Rome
John Scheid. Translated and with a foreword by Clifford Ando

"John Scheid's The Gods, the State, and the Individual is an impassioned intervention in a contemporary debate in the study of ancient religion."—Clifford Ando, from the Foreword

Since the 1970s, John Scheid has been one of the most influential figures reshaping scholarly understanding of ancient Roman religion. The Gods, the State, and the Individual presents a translation of Scheid's work that chronicles the development of his field-changing scholarship.

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200 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4766-4 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9198-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Empire and After series

 


LITERATURE


Legacies of the Rue MorgueLegacies of the Rue Morgue: Science, Space, and Crime Fiction in France
Andrea Goulet

"Those who love detective fiction and film—or just France—will learn here to be detectives of the city of Paris above and below ground. The ghoulish, the geological, and the sublime merge in the layers of burial grounds, literary texts, and scientific paradigms. It is a wonderful book."—Deborah Jenson, Duke University

Taking Edgar Allan Poe's 1841 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" as an inaugural frame, Andrea Goulet traces the shifting representations of violence, space, and nation in French crime fiction from serial novels of the 1860s to cyberpunk fictions today.

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304 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4779-4 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9216-9 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Critical Authors & Issues series

 

Poetical DustPoetical Dust: Poets' Corner and the Making of Britain
Thomas A. Prendergast

"Poetical Dust provides a bold and eye-opening history of Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner. Beginning with the deaths of Edward the Confessor and Thomas Becket, moving through Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Pope, and arriving in the present day, Thomas Prendergast examines how this revered architectural space has been critical to the formation of a British literary canon and, beyond that, British national identity."—David Haven Blake, author of Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity

Thomas Prendergast's Poetical Dust offers a provocative and far-reaching analysis of Poets' Corner. Covering nearly a thousand years of political and literary history, the book examines the chaotic, sometimes fitful process through which Britain has consecrated its poetry and poets.

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4750-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9190-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

 

The Mind Is a CollectionThe Mind Is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought
Sean Silver

"Sean Silver is inspired by Bruno Latour to turn taxonomies into something more mobile and unexpected, representations of knowledge on the one hand and notices of privacy on the other. But it is Latour with a spice of Shandeism, where grand projects can end up as blank paper, and noble conceptions as wind and water. Silver shows how risky his kind of network can be."—Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University

The Mind Is a Collection approaches seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theory of the mind from a material point of view, examining the metaphors for mental activity that invoked the material activity of collection.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 33 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4726-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9156-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Material Texts series

 


MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES


The Manly PriestThe Manly Priest: Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform in England and Normandy, 1066-1300
Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

"An important and convincing book—Thibodeaux adds to the literature on clerical marriage and clerical celibacy by firmly and consistently moving the issue of masculinity to the center. Indeed, she considers the model of clerical masculinity an important cause of the drive for clerical celibacy."—Hugh M. Thomas, University of Miami

The Manly Priest examines the clerical celibacy movement in medieval England and Normandy, which produced a new model of religious masculinity for the priesthood and resulted in social tension and conflict as traditional norms of masculine behavior were radically altered for this group of men.

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240 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4752-7 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9194-0 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

 

Shame and HonorNOW IN PAPERBACK
Shame and Honor: A Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter
Stephanie Trigg

"Trigg's combination of chronological and thematic approaches results in a dynamic study. Rather than a merely biographical or celebratory work, this history of a medieval chivalric order offers a history of medievalism itself, which ingeniously reveals how the slipperiness of the Order's motto allows it to function as a touchstone for each epoch's world view. The motto recalls a moment whose meaning was transformed by a king's words, but the words themselves would take on new and varied meanings in the centuries to come. And like the Order's motto, Stephanie Trigg's book urges us to be aware of what our attitudes towards medieval alterity reveal about ourselves."—Times Literary Supplement

With steady erudition and not infrequent irreverence, Stephanie Trigg ranges from medieval romance to Victorian caricature, from imperial politics to medievalism in contemporary culture, to write a strikingly original cultural history of the Order of the Garter.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 30 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4391-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2341-5 | $24.95t | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0663-0 | $24.95t | £16.50

 

Recipes for ThoughtRecipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen
Wendy Wall

"Crammed with delightful discoveries, Recipes for Thought offers us a vibrant new picture of the early modern housewife as reader, writer, and knowledge producer and the kitchen as an arena of debate, experiment, and invention. Linking the kitchen to the lab and the pharmacy, the recipe to the poem and the play, Wendy Wall rejoins what has since been put asunder to re-create a world we not only lost but forgot about."—Frances Dolan, University of California, Davis

Situated at the vital intersection of physiology, gastronomy, decorum, knowledge-production, and labor, recipes from the past allow us to understand the significant ways that kitchen work was an intellectual and creative enterprise.

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328 pages | 6 x 9 | 52 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4758-9 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9195-7 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Material Texts series

 

Translating Translating "Clergie": Status, Education, and Salvation in Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Texts
Claire M. Waters

"This is an enterprising, deftly argued, and much-needed book. Waters identifies an under-researched and significant corpus of materials and uses it in an innovative account of medieval teaching in the vernacular, demonstrating its long reach and cultural weight. Performing close readings of substantial works from England and relevant Continental texts in French and Latin, Waters offers a beautifully imaginative and stimulating account of the nature and goals of medieval doctrinal and theological teaching."—Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University

In Translating "Clergie," Claire M. Waters explores medieval texts in French verse and prose from England and the Continent that perform and represent the process of teaching as a shared lay and clerical endeavor.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4772-5 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9218-3 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

 


POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS


Whether to KillWhether to Kill: The Cognitive Maps of Violent and Nonviolent Individuals
Stephanie Dornschneider

"Stephanie Dornschneider makes several innovative contributions to the field. By focusing on the perspective of terrorists—using personal interviews with those terrorists, something very few others have attempted—and a novel use of cognitive mapping, she analyzes the thought processes of terrorism. The book will appeal to those interested in Egypt, Germany, terrorism, social movements, political violence, and methodological innovation."—Marc Sageman, Foreign Policy Research Institute and author of Understanding Terror Networks and Leaderless Jihad

Whether to Kill takes a new approach to understanding terrorism. By taking first-person accounts of those involved in both violent and nonviolent action against the state, then analyzing that data via cognitive mapping, Stephanie Dornschneider has opened up new perspectives of what drives people to—or away from—the use of political violence.

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328 pages | 6 x 9 | 37 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4770-1 | $79.95s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9201-5 | $79.95s | £52.00

 

Machiavelli's LegacyMachiavelli's Legacy: "The Prince" After Five Hundred Years
Timothy Fuller, Editor

"Machiavelli's Legacy, an outstanding collection of essays by distinguished scholars of differing specialties and approaches, plumbs the depths of a wide range of issues that continue to perplex us about the wily Florentine: his stance toward the classical and Christian traditions, his Italian patriotism, his teaching about evil, his concepts of the state, reason, and fortune, and his relation to the American founding, international relations, and modernity generally. It will stimulate and enlighten both lifelong Machiavelli scholars and students encountering The Prince for the first time."—Nathan Tarcov, University of Chicago

Machiavelli's Legacy situates Machiavelli and The Prince at the birth of modernity. Editor Timothy Fuller has gathered essays by contributors with diverse viewpoints, each elucidating different features of Machiavelli's thinking, resulting in a book that is, in effect, a spirited conversation about Machiavelli's legacy.

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216 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4769-5 | $47.50s | £31.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9207-7 | $47.50s | £31.00

 

Culture and PTSDCulture and PTSD: Trauma in Global and Historical Perspective
Devon E. Hinton and Byron J. Good, Editors

"Stress and trauma have become part of globalized languages of suffering and healing and the construct of PTSD is at the center of this discourse. The editors have brought together a stellar group of contributors who present historical and ethnographic studies that unpack some of the complexity of trauma response and PTSD to show the interplay of social contexts, cultural practices, and psychological processes. Culture and PTSD marks important advances in cultural psychiatry and will be richly rewarding for both researchers and mental health practitioners."—Laurence J. Kirmayer, McGill University

Culture and PTSD examines the applicability of PTSD to cultural contexts beyond Europe and North America and details local responses to trauma and how they vary from PTSD as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.

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440 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4714-5 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9146-9 | $75.00s | £49.00
A volume in the Ethnography of Political Violence series

 

The Battle for AlgeriaThe Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism
Jennifer Johnson

"Jennifer Johnson's excellent new book augments the internationalization of our understanding of the Algerian war by showing how important health and humanitarianism were to it. With archivally rooted contributions on how Algerian nationalists built a health program and how international humanitarian concern—including the Red Crescent—played an important role in arguments for sovereignty, The Battle for Algeria breaks new ground. Appeals to the need for health care and complaints over the violation of the human body were frequent, Johnson powerfully demonstrates, in the war for public opinion that ultimately shifted the conflict."—Samuel Moyn, Harvard University, author of Christian Human Rights

The Battle for Algeria offers a new interpretation of the Algerian War (1954-1962) that highlights the social dimensions of the National Liberation Front's winning strategy, specifically its health care and humanitarianism programs, which targeted the local and international arenas and directly contributed to Algerian sovereignty.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4771-8 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9200-8 | $75.00s | £49.00
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

 

Designing PeaceDesigning Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies
Neophytos Loizides

"Cyprus is a crucial case showing both the promise and the pitfalls of power-sharing. Neophytos Loizides's book is a masterful analysis of all of its complexities and, by comparing it with several other important cases, shows how institutional innovations can contribute significantly to bringing peace to divided and conflict-prone societies."—Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

Designing Peace examines how institutional innovation impacts peace building in divided societies. Drawing on examples from Bosnia, South Africa, and Northern Ireland, the book demonstrates how institutional lessons from elsewhere could be applied to future negotiations in Cyprus and its broader region.

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264 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4775-6 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9217-6 | $75.00s | £49.00
A volume in the National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century series

 

Human Rights in American Foreign PolicyHuman Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse
Joe Renouard

Global in scope and ambitious in scale, Human Rights in American Foreign Policy examines American responses to a broad array of human rights violations.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4773-2 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9215-2 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

 

The Socratic TurnThe Socratic Turn: Knowledge of Good and Evil in an Age of Science
Dustin Sebell

"Few studies of Plato's dialogues are as textually meticulous, intellectually demanding, and replete with insight as Dustin Sebell's The Socratic Turn. Approaching a most difficult work, the Phaedo, with the deftness of a seasoned student of Plato, Sebell unpacks the dialogue with surgical precision and relentlessly pursues every lead in the argument and drama. The result is an extraordinary guide to the 'intellectual autobiography' of Socrates as it is presented in the Phaedo: an exacting investigation of Socrates' famous turn to the moral and political questions and a model of textual and philosophical clarity."—Susan Collins, University of Notre Dame

Can we come to know what is good and evil, right and wrong in our age of science? In The Socratic Turn, Dustin Sebell looks to Socrates, the founder of political philosophy, for guidance.

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232 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4780-0 | $39.95s | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9224-4 | $39.95s | £26.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

 

Blazing the Neoliberal TrailBlazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom
Timothy P. R. Weaver

"By applying an argument regarding the power of ideas at the local level, Timothy Weaver is joining some of the most interesting recent work in urban politics. His careful study of the relationship between national forces and local dynamics is an important contribution."—Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University

Blazing the Neoliberal Trail asks how and why urban policy and politics have become dominated, over the past three decades, by promarket thinking. Drawing on extensive archival research, Timothy P. R. Weaver shows how elites became persuaded by neoliberal ideas and remade political institutions in their image.

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360 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4782-4 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9222-0 | $69.95s | £45.50

 

Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for DignityPower, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter
Alicia Ely Yamin. Foreword by Paul Farmer

"This book deftly illustrates the core purpose of a human rights-based approach—eradicating the suffering arising from dramatic inequality within and between nations."—From the Foreword by Paul Farmer.

Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity provides a solid foundation for comprehending what a human rights framework implies and the potential for greater justice in health it entails.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4774-9 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9219-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

 


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