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Dying of whiteness : how the politics of racial resentment is killing America's heartland

by Metzl, Jonathan, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2019
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A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this groundbreaking work, Metzl, physician and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, demonstrates the "mortal trade-offs" white Americans make when they vote with the goal of restoring their racial privilege and end up endorsing "political positions that directly harm their own health and well-being." Metzl methodically and adeptly marshals statistical evidence that policies promising to bolster white Americans' status have instead made life "sicker, harder, and shorter" for all Americans. He finds that, in Missouri, under the lax gun laws white voters favored, white men became 2.38 times more likely than men of other races to die by firearm suicide. In Tennessee, opposition to the Affordable Care Act "cost every single white resident of the state 14.1 days of life"; many white Tennesseans, Metzl writes, "voiced a willingness to die, literally, rather than embrace a law that gave minority or immigrant persons more access to care." A "Tea Party-fueled" gutting of school funding in Kansas greatly increased the number of people dropping out of high school, which "correlates with nine years of lost life expectancy." This tightly constructed analysis of the unexpected consequences of American political behavior exemplifies excellence in argumentative writing, on a topic of cultural significance. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Whites -- Health and hygiene -- United States.
Whites -- United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Medical policy -- United States.
Public health -- United States.
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description viii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-330) and index.
ISBN 9781541644984
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