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South-South cooperation in health: bringing in theory, politics, history, and social justice

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Title
South-South cooperation in health: bringing in theory, politics, history, and social justice
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Cadernos de Saúde Pública, October 2017
DOI 10.1590/0102-311x00194616
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Authors

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Carles Muntaner, Zabia Afzal

Abstract

Since the mid-2000s, the practice of South-South cooperation in health (SSC) has attracted growing attention among policymakers, health and foreign affairs ministries, global health agencies, and scholars from a range of fields. But the South-South label elucidates little about the actual content of the cooperation and conflates the "where" with the "who, what, how, and why". While there have been some attempts to theorize global health diplomacy and South-South cooperation generally, these efforts do not sufficiently distinguish among the different kinds of practices and political values that fall under the South-South rubric, ranging from economic and geopolitical interests to social justice forms of solidarity. In the spirit of deepening theoretical, historical, and social justice analyses of SSC, this article: (1) critically revisits international relations theories that seek to explain SSC, exploring Marxian and other heterodox theories ignored in the mainstream literature; (2) traces the historical provenance of a variety of forms of SSC; and (3) introduces the concept of social justice-oriented South-South.

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Unknown 51 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 20%
Student > Master 8 16%
Researcher 7 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 8%
Other 9 18%
Unknown 8 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 21 41%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 8%
Psychology 2 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 2%
Other 3 6%
Unknown 12 24%