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"This book is a revelation. Alondra Nelson…provides the deep context for our current conversation about the health disparities that plague the African-American community…[and] adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the Black Panther Party…Nelson is the first scholar I know of to bring these two histories into dialogue with each other, and she does so with spectacular results. This is a tremendously important book."  –Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

"Alondra Nelson combines careful research, deep political insight, and passionate commitment to tell the little-known story of the Black Panther Party's health activism in the late 1960s."–Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"Nelson...reports exhaustively on the Black Panther Party's role in the radical health movement of the 1970s, positioning the BPP as important players in the long tradition of civil rights health activism...[The] work deserves commendation for its thoughtfulness and thoroughness."–Publishers Weekly

"Body and Soul is well researched and powerfully argued, and it skillfully bridges several scholarly fields…By any measure, Nelson’s book is an important contribution."–The Crisis

"Nelson makes a valuable contribution by demonstrating that the Party’s medical outreach programs were a continuation of a tradition of self-reliance that began in the nineteenth century… Body and Soul will serve as the catalyst for continued analysis of other useful aspects of BPP history."–Journal of American History

“a sympathetic, scholarly account of this lesser-known aspect of Panther activism...a valuable contribution to the literature...in sociology, medical and social history, and African American studies.”–Library Journal

"highly informative, meticulously documented, extremely relevant, and deeply engaging"–The Black Commentator

"Delving deeper, Nelson writes about the group’s understanding of health as a basic human right and the social implications of genetics that, decades ago, seemed to anticipate the current debates about the politics of health and race."– Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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"This book is a revelation. Alondra Nelson uncovers two remarkable histories in Body and Soul. First, she provides the deep context for our current conversation about the health disparities that plague the African-American community and that are, as she puts it, "quite literally sickening."Second, she adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the Black Panther Party, complicating its commonplace designation as a radical, militant organization to unearth its dedication and hard work in advocating for and providing equal and quality health care for even the most underserved African Americans. Nelson is the first scholar I know of to bring these two histories into dialogue with each other, and she does so with spectacular results. This is a tremendously important book." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

"In Body and Soul, Alondra Nelson combines careful research, deep political insight, and passionate commitment to tell the little-known story of the Black Panther Party's health activism in the late 1960s. In doing so, and in showing how the problems of poverty, discrimination, and access to medical care remain hauntingly similar more than forty years later, Nelson reminds us that the struggle continues, particularly for African Americans, and that social policies have profound moral implications." --Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"The activities of the Black Panther Party have long been reduced to stories of violent police confrontations and empty propaganda. By taking seriously the claims and the practices of the Black Panthers with respect to the health of Black people, Alondra Nelson has provided a critical corrective to earlier studies. More importantly, this is a brilliant analysis of a significant moment in the long tradition of health advocacy on the part of African Americans. That health was a cornerstone of Black Panther politics reveals how deeply access to good health care has shaped Black lives and politics in the past and today.  Body and Soul is a major achievement and will be indispensable to anyone who wants to understand how healthcare and citizenship became so intertwined in American life." -- Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, Dean of Harvard College, Harvard University

"In her revisionist account, Nelson insightfully guides the reader through the range of campaigns by which the Black Panther Party paved the way to broad efforts to promote biomedical inclusion and democratize access to medical knowledge and practice."
--Steven Epstein, author of Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (October 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816676488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816676484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She writes about the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. She is author most recently of "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination," which has been recognized with several awards. She is an editor of three volumes: "Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History;" "Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life;" and "Afrofuturism" (a special issue of "Social Text"). Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Science, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Her next book, "The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome," will be published next year by Beacon Press. For more information, please see www.alondranelson.com. Follow her on Twitter @alondra and @sociallifeofDNA

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pamela C Ranberg on October 30, 2011
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I purchased this book as a research resource for a college history project on the People's Free Medical Clinic in Baltimore, MD. To my disappointment the book's publication release date was not until November 1st. I took a chance and contacted Professor Nelson and to my delight she sent me a pre-release advance of this book. In the chapter, "The People's Free Medical Clinics", Professor Nelson provides an honest, plain-spoken history of the Black Panthers response to the state of low quality or non-existent healthcare in poor communities. It begins with a heart wrenching example of a poor child's death due to improper medical diagnosis. The story proceeds with descriptions of living conditions for poor people, and their frequent experiences with disrespectful, unprofessional encounters with medical staff. Out of this situation comes "a rallying cry for support for the Party's own healthcare facilities - "our people are dying of medical miscare--we must all work to make the People's Free Health Clinics a reality"."

In this book, Professor Nelson presents the history of the Black Panther Party's efforts to provide much needed healthcare to poor people. It is an eye-opening illustration of the Black Panther Party as a force behind a movement - in keeping with a theme that still resonates today - Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I highly recommend reading this book for an honest presentation of a balanced story of the positive work the Black Panther Party did during the Civil Rights Era in America.

Pamela C. Ranberg (History student at the University of Baltimore)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Iman Washington on November 1, 2011
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Only recently have scholars begun to focus on the community work and social programs implemented by the Black Panthers. But until this work, little attention has been given to their health programs. Body and Soul provides a comprehensive exploration of the Black Panther Party's medical politics and civil rights activism against health care injustices and disparities. It is a wonderful and much needed addition to the scholarly body of work on the Black Panther Party which seeks to shine light on the complexity of the Party and their legacy.

Iman Washington (Duke University School of Medicine)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Berit on April 26, 2012
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Definitely an important history that should become part of school curriculum in the US. It details the history of medical practices among black, disenfranchised people before the Black Panthers that lay the groundwork for their thinking. I like how the Panthers validated lay people's experiences, in this case poor black people, with the medical establishment, which can be arrogant and dismissive of lay people. Empowering them by listening to them and actually accompanying them to medical visits to speak their cause, or urge them to speak for themselves, and demanding respectful treatment. The legal means they used for fighting injustice and for setting up free clinics is detailed, and is useful information for anybody faced with the same discriminatory practices. It gives examples of Panther members who used the information gathered during this era later up to and including today.
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By Ayman on October 26, 2014
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"Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista."

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."

Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara (1909 – 1999), Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil, 1964 to 1985

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson.
University of Minnesota Press, 2011, 289 pp.

Professor Alondra Nelson (Twitter) has written a book which all activists should read. It focuses on the advocacy, activism and ideology of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in healthcare.

The BPP saw healthcare in the United States as proof of white supremacy and regarded its provision as a necessity for movement building and outreach. Over time, it required each of its branches to establish a community health center. The health centers were required to staff or have access to biomedical professionals and empower the patients in decisions regarding their treatment. They promoted a view of health beyond the biomedical model. Poor health outcomes among black Americans were the inevitable result of policies which limited their political clout and economic opportunities, and only revolutionary socialism could address these issues. Healthcare was one example of a good which should be provided regardless of profit, and these community health centers were proof of this concept.

Most fascinating to me was the BPP's work in the field of sickle cell anemia and its resistance to the medicalization of violence.

Sickle cell anemia is familiar to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jermaine M. Chambers on December 3, 2014
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This is the other history akin to Howard Zinn s analysis of not retelling his story. Good public health perspectives and eloquently unpacked.
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