Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University: Dying of Whiteness
The Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series, invites you to listen to Jonathan Metzl from the Vanderbilt University, who will be visiting us at the Department of Sociology in Lund.
Title of the seminar: Dying of Whiteness.
Please note this seminar is on a Tuesday.
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland
In his critically acclaimed book, Dying of Whiteness, Jonathan M. Metzl travels across America’s heartland seeking to better understand the politics of racial resentment and its impact on public health. Interviewing a range of Americans, he uncovers how racial anxieties led to the repeal of gun control laws in Missouri, stymied the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and fueled massive cuts to schools and social services in Kansas.
Although such measures promised to restore greatness to white America, Metzl’s systematic analysis of health data dramatically reveals they did just the opposite: these policies made life sicker, harder, and shorter in the very populations they purported to aid. Thus, white gun suicides soared, life expectancies fell, and school dropout rates rose. Metzl reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences – even for the white populations they promise to help.
Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. He is also the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, and Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.
The Seminar Series
The Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series (Allmänna seminariet) invites international and national researchers to present and discuss on-going research. The seminars are usually held on Thursday afternoons at 3.00 pm. Each presenter talks for about half an hour, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.