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Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health (California Series in Public Anthropology) Paperback – August 16, 2014
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"All newcomers to the work of global health should read this book. Writing elegantly about the devastating effects of the Bamako Initiative, but more importantly about the history of neoliberalism itself, Keshavjee offers a cautionary lesson to those who are still enthusiastic about allowing market-driven policies to guide our global health work. Indeed, the case of reduced access to drugs in the post-Soviet Tajikistan community of Badakhshan presents a stunning example of the hypocrisy, ideological blindness, and institutional failures that allowed the principles of supply side economics to both inform the provisioning of health care resources and, ultimately, derail even the best intentions of many a good NGO or global health worker, including physicians like Keshavjee himself. Blind Spot is a quick and pithy study of a problem that refuses to go away."Vincanne Adams, Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina
"Blind Spot provides a singularly nuanced critique of neoliberal health policies as they play out on the ground in a desperately impoverished, post-war, post-Soviet setting. Taking readers from the boardrooms of Geneva to the high mountains of Tajikistan, this book is bound to become a classic in medical anthropology and critical global health studies. There is no other book quite like it."Marcia Inhorn, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University
"Keshavjee's Blind Spot is quite possibly the most important ethnography of social development under neoliberalism applied to health that has been written to date. It is a telling moral lesson in how humanitarian assistance--despite its noble intentions--fails and actually at times even intensifies social suffering."Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University
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However, what author Salmaan Keshavjee is able to accomplish in the Blind Spot is much more. Through thoughtful organization and narration, Keshavjee has crafted an intelligent, humanistic story that should (and importantly could) be read by a broader audience.
Written in a clear and accessible voice, Keshavjee takes you on a journey through an otherwise complicated and muddled history. His narration encourages the reader to drop any pretense and engage in a frank dialogue about the world’s ideological foundations. Like a conversation with a close friend, Keshavjee leaves you eager to discuss more, mulling over perspectives previously unexplored.
Perhaps most importantly, Keshavjee illustrates that even looking back today, hindsight is not 20/20—we still have much, and need, to learn. To this end, the Blind Spot is an important step towards learning a better way forward. Further Keshavjee’s voice ensures that his work will preserve its relevance over the years to come.
Keshavjee as an anthropologist seems willing to dive in here, focusing on a part of the world that is often overlooked in the development and public health literature, post-Soviet central Asia. While the summary has grabbed the major points above, suffice it to say that he has chipped away at the assumption that global health is somehow not burdened by the deep political and ideological struggles that are more openly discussed in other arenas of international policy. It should not be only general "aid effectiveness" that animates the discussions of how health aid should work, but how such work is situated among swirling economic, social, and geopolitical factors.
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I did not learn anything new about neoliberalism in relation to global health from this book. The ethnography is thin and it is extremely difficult to gauge whether or not the book... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anonymous
At the crossroads of anthropology and economics, this ethnographic account provides a great analysis of the global health and development programs. Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Evgenia Markvardt