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Simon A. Pemberton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427946

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427946.001.0001

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Harm reduction regimes and the production of physical harm

Harm reduction regimes and the production of physical harm

(p.81) Four Harm reduction regimes and the production of physical harm
Harmful societies

Simon Pemberton

Policy Press

This chapter examines the performance of the selected nation states and the regime types in relation to a number of physical harms: homicide, suicide, infant mortality, obesity and road traffic injuries. The chapter reveals the features of societies that serve to protect against these harms – in particular, the extent to which different societies disrupt, as a result of welfare systems, regulation or broader social relations, the impulses of capitalism to commodify human life.

Keywords:   homicide, suicide, infant mortality, obesity, road traffic injuries

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