Ecological Subjects, ‘Ethical Place-making’ and Global Health Equity

Lisa Eckenwiler

in Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676682 | DOI:
Ecological Subjects, ‘Ethical Place-making’ and Global Health Equity

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In this chapter I begin by asking what research on social determinants of health suggests for the specific ideals toward which we should aspire in addressing global health inequities. I consider a set of theories of justice that seems best suited to attend to social determinants of health and find them wanting, given an impoverished conception of persons. I suggest (re)conceiving persons as ecological subjects, that is, beings who are situated temporally, socially, and spatially, and need particular kinds of habitats in which they can become and endure. From there, I argue that global health equity calls for responsible agents to aim at 'ethical place-making' for ecological subjects.

Keywords: ecological subjects; social determinants of health; global health equity

Chapter.  4705 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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