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Embodying Borders: A Migrant’s Right to Health, Universal Rights and Local Policies

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Embodying Borders

A Migrant’s Right to Health, Universal Rights and Local Policies

Edited by Laura Ferrero, Chiara Quagliariello, and Ana Cristina Vargas
Afterword by Daniela DeBono

280 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-925-9 $135.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (January 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-926-6 eBook Not Yet Published

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“Through a dialogue between medical anthropology and human rights, the contributions provide a comparative and descriptive assessment of the many different ways in which migration policies both at macro- and micro-levels hinder migrants access to health care in the USA and at the southern border of Europe.” • Barbara Sorgoni, University of Turin


Based on extensive field research, the essays in this volume illuminate the experiences of migrants from their own point of view, providing a critical understanding of the complex social reality in which each experience is grounded. Access to medical care for migrants is a fundamental right which is often ignored. The book provides a critical understanding of the social reality in which social inequalities are grounded and offers the opportunity to show that right to health does not correspond uniquely with access to healthcare.

Laura Ferrero is Research Fellow at LDF (Laboratory of Fundamental rights). She has been a teacher assistant of Medical Anthropology and Anthropology of the Middle East.

Ana Cristina Vargas is Adjunct Professor of Medical and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Turin. She is also Scientific Director of the Fabretti Foundation and Research Fellow at LDF.

Chiara Quagliariello is currently Research Fellow at The Laboratory of Fundamental Rights of Turin and Adjunct Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Paris.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Medical Anthropology


Laura Ferrero, Chiara Quagliariello, Ana Cristina Vargas

Part I: Borders and Inequalities

Chapter 1. Framing Deservingness in Health Care: Media Constructions of Unauthorised Youth in the United States
Anahí Viladrich

Chapter 2. Constructing the Undeserving Citizen: The Embodied Consequences of Immigration Enforcement in the US South
Nolan Kline

Chapter 3. Structural Violence, Tuberculosis and Health-Care Processes: Bolivian Immigrants in Buenos Aires and São Paulo
Alejandro Goldberg, Cássio Silveira, Tatiane Barbosa and Denise Martin

Chapter 4. Women, Migration and Health: An Inquiry into Gender-Based Violence and the Limits of Maternity Care Services in Southern Europe's Borderlands
Chiara Quagliariello

Part II: From the Individual to the Community

Chapter 5. Roma and the Right to Health: A Transnational Approach to Structural Vulnerability
Pietro Cingolani

Chapter 6. Mental Health as Politics: Exploring Mental Health Services among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Hala Kerbage and Filippo Marranconi

Chapter 7. Intercultural Mediation in the Italian Health-Care System
Ana Cristina Vargas

Chapter 8. ‘Community Welfare’: Community-Based Networks as Migrant Health Promoters
Laura Ferrero

Afterword: Forced Migration, State Violence, and the Right to Health
Daniela DeBono


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