A Labour of LiberationBaijayanta Mukhopadhyay | 2016
Published by Changing Suns Press
This thought-provoking essay examines the structural inequality existing in our healthcare systems. From institutions to education to access to information, modern healthcare reinforces existing societal power dynamics in a myriad of ways. Author Mukhodpadhyay analyzes this structure, and offers methods of change that address systemic inequality and violence.
“All medicine should be liberating work”— A Labour of Liberation
Providing care to the sick is one of the most universal labors that exists across human societies. A Labour of Liberation explores the forms of labor – from the cognitive to the emotional, from the physical to the administrative – that go into contemporary healthcare, tracing the lineage of the hierarchies that have developed in alliance or complicity with state and capital. Through analysing the repercussions of these relationships on the care of the sick, the book questions the role of coercion and extraction in health work, and poses an argument for a more liberatory future for caregiving labor.
Praise for A Labour of Liberation“In A Labour of Liberation, Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay offers a doctor’s engagement with the tangled politics of healthcare today, struggling to imagine a care that does not perpetuate inequality and structural violence. It starts with recognizing that we are all healthcare workers, and that the tendency to think of medicine as technical reinforces privilege and ignorance. But then what? How deep would the change have to go? Based on an amazingly helpful bibliography of radical thought around healthy societies, the answer is far beyond what is comfortable for him, for us, for society. But we stay with the trouble. This is required reading for anyone in the healthcare industry and who thinks they are critical of it.”
— Joseph Dumit, author of Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health and Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity