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Author Kierans, Ciara, author.

Title Chronic failures : kidneys, regimes of care, and the Mexican state / Ciara Kierans
Published New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series Medical anthropology: health, inequality, and social justice
Medical anthropology (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Contents Studying regimes of renal care -- Biopolitics and the analytics of a population on the move -- Labor : producing sickness and the state -- Brokering healthcare : paper-work, negotiation and the strategies of navigation -- Exchange : bodies as sites for the production of (surplus) value -- Transplant scandals, the state and the 'multiple problematics' of accountability -- Political and corporate etiologies : producing disease emergence and disease response
Summary Chronic Failures: Kidneys, Regimes of Care and the Mexican State is about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the relentless search for renal care lived out in the context of poverty, inequality and uneven welfare arrangements. Based on ethnographic research conducted in the state of Jalisco, this book documents the routes uninsured Mexican patients take in order to access resource intensive biotechnical treatments, that is, different modes of dialysis and organ transplantation. It argues that these routes are normalized, bureaucratically, socially and epidemiologically, and turned into a locus for exploitation and profit. Without a coherent logic of healthcare access, negotiating regimes of renal care has catastrophic consequences for those with the least resources to expend in that effort. In carrying both the costs and the burden of care, the practices of patients without entitlement offer a critical vantage point on the interplay between the state, markets in healthcare and the sick body
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource, title from digital title page (viewed on August 4, 2020)
Subject Chronic renal failure -- Treatment
Medical care -- Mexico
Poor -- Health and hygiene -- Mexico
Health services accessibility.
Kidney Failure, Chronic -- therapy
Kidney Failure, Chronic -- ethnology
Healthcare Disparities
Kidney Transplantation -- economics
Health Services Accessibility
Socioeconomic Factors
MEDICAL -- General.
Health services accessibility.
Chronic renal failure -- Treatment.
Medical care.
Poor -- Health and hygiene.
Subject Mexico.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813596686