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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Public health and the value of disobedience
Authors: Hastings, Gerard
Contact Email: gerard.hastings@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Containment
Counter marketing
Critical capacity
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Hastings G (2015) Public health and the value of disobedience, Public Health, 129 (8), pp. 1046-1054.
Abstract: The writings of a sixteenth century French teenager may seem a stretch for a public health readership, but Etienne de la Boétie's treatise on Voluntary Servitude explains why unjust systems prevail and how they can be changed. They prevail, he shows, because we let them (the losers always vastly outnumber the winners); and they change when we retract our permission (as Ghandi demonstrated). These vital insights have inspired progress down the centuries – the enlightenment philosophers, the French Revolution, Tolstoy, the American civil rights movement as well as the Indian struggle against the British Empire. In an era when widening inequalities have become all too apparent, and the harm this does to the commonweal much better understood, this paper argues that La Boétie's analysis retains all its power and can inspire a new vision for public health.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21953
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.03.010
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Affiliation: Institute for Social Marketing

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