Author Archives: João Biehl

About João Biehl

JOÃO BIEHL is Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University, where he directs the Brazil LAB and co-directs the Global Health Program. Biehl is the author of the books “Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment” and “Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival” and co-editor the volumes “When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health” and “Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming.” In his current research, Biehl is investigating the judicialization of the right to health in Brazil and Amazonian ecosystem transformations and environmental politics.

The Right to Remedies: On Human Rights Critiques and Peoples’ Recourses

This post is part of a symposium on Amy Kapczynski’s essay “The Right to Medicines in an Age of Neoliberalism.” All contributions to the symposium can be found here. Across the Americas, peoples (let’s keep them multiple) live in exhausted worlds. Worlds on the edge of autocracy, of financial collapse, of infrastructural breakdown and environmental tipping points—mediated by extreme populism and state and corporate efforts to dismantle piecemeal, though meaningful, agendas of socioeconomic rights. Violence and deadly health disparities are persistent realities that, time and Continue reading →