"Racial and Racist Narratives of Metabolic Syndrome"
Thousands of biomedical texts convey a series of narratives about metabolic syndrome and race. In these narratives, metabolic syndrome is portrayed as a common-sense idea that helps researchers, clinicians, patients, and drug companies get a handle on the co-morbid health risks from high blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and obesity. Many of these narratives also position metabolic syndrome as a progressive concept that helps us document and combat racial health injustice. But, does the metabolic syndrome concept really help to foster racial health equity? How might the racial and racist narratives of metabolic syndrome work together to limit its liberatory potential? In this lecture, Professor Hatch discusses these questions in the context of his new book, Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Anthony Ryan Hatch is Associate Professor of Science in Society at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where he also maintains faculty affiliations with the Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Program. He teaches courses at the intersection of science and technology studies, medical humanities, and political sociology. Professor Hatch earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park and a A.B. in philosophy at Dartmouth. He is the author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016. Professor Hatch is currently finishing a new book project about the political history of psychotropic drugs in American society.