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At What Cost: Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health

Nicholas Freudenberg

Abstract

Every day people decide what to eat, how to educate their children, where to find health care, and how to connect to others. For many, freely choosing a lifestyle defines the American dream. But in the 21st century, these choices are increasingly constructed by corporations and designed not to promote well-being, happiness, and planetary health, but to increase corporate profits and power. As a result, the decisions that corporations encourage individuals to make can lead to premature death, illness, or psychological distress as well as environmental pollution and social conflict. At What Cost ... More

Keywords: Public health, capitalism, commercial determinants of health, social determinants of health, social movements, health activism, corporations, health policy, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190078621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190078621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Freudenberg, author
Distinguished Professor of Public Health, The City University of New York

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