The Disease of the Migrant?
The chapter “Diabetes: The Disease of the Migrant?” examines alternative etiologies for diabetes, including the syndemic connection drawn by some researchers between diabetes and emotional trauma. The chapter explores how this theory is supported by many of the vernacular etiologies of diabetes in Mexican communities. In this chapter, the possibility is raised that a “slow death” from diet-related illness has sinister ramifications in defusing and postponing calls for more just economic, trade, and migration policies.
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