The 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2018)


Session 20. Structural Violence in the Industrial Era: A Theoretical Framework for Bioarchaeological Analysis of Social and Socioeconomic Inequality. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Lori A. Tremblay, Gail Hughes Morey, Sarah Reedy Co-organizers: Lori A. Tremblay Critcher, The Ohio State University; Gail Hughes Morey, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society; Sarah Reedy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

April 12, 2018 , Hill Country D Add to calendar

While many bioarchaeologists study the health disparities that existed in industrial era populations, many of these analyses have been done without the benefit of an overarching theoretical umbrella. Scholars in cultural and medical anthropology consistently use a structural violence lens to explore the ways in which social, political, and/or socioeconomic structures and institutions create inequalities that result in health disparities for the most vulnerable or marginalized segments of contemporary populations. Thus, a structural violence framework has the potential to provide us with a means to theoretically contextualize those health disparities in populations from the industrial era while also providing a point of synthesis for institutional bioarchaeology. This session aims to do just that – to expand upon the work of those bioarchaeologists who have used this framework in the past to explore its potential for contextualizing industrial era institutional bioarchaeology. Understanding how institutional forces had an impact on morbidity and mortality among marginalized groups can provide us with a more nuanced means to assess the social and biological consequences of the large scale economic and social transitions that occurred during the processes of industrialization around the world. The papers presented in this session will address how we can use a structural violence lens to understand how the social institutions in the industrial era had an impact on risk for disease and trauma, injury recidivism, health care, and the shape of the female body.   

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Discussant: Debra Martin
1 Add to calendar Hazards of the Industrial Age: Considering Structural Violence in Turn of the Century Milwaukee. Sean P. Dougherty.
2 Add to calendar Crisis or deviation?: The Erie County Poorhouse (1828-1926) as a heterotopia. Jennifer L. Muller, Jennifer F. Byrnes, David A. Ingleman.
3 Add to calendar Injury and Industrialization: structural violence, chronic and episodic biological stress, and trauma in working class English women. Sarah A. Mathena-Allen, Molly K. Zuckerman, Anna J. Osterholtz, Michelle L. Davenport, Petra Banks, Ryan King.
4 Add to calendar Workload intensity and health during Portugal’s corporatist Estado Novo as reflected by the skeleton. Gina M. Agostini.
5 Add to calendar Entheseal stress patterns as a form of structural violence: Evidence from the hamann-todd osteological collection (1913-1935). Anna P. Alioto.
6 Add to calendar “Against Shameless and Systematic Calumny”: Strategies of Domination and Resistance and their Impact on the Bodies of the Poor in 19th-century Ireland. Jonny Geber, Barra O'Donnabhain.
7 Add to calendar The Expendables: Child Poverty and the Inheritance of Inequality in 19th Century England. Sophie Newman, Rebecca Gowland, Anwen Caffell, Malin Holst.
8 Add to calendar Embodied discrimination and “mutilated historicity”: Archiving black women’s bodies. Aja M. Lans.
9 Add to calendar From Inexpressible Loveliness to Practical Deception: Structural Violence In Female Oriented Medical Practices. Rebecca Gibson.
10 Add to calendar Shaping the proper female: Beauty, bodies, and the bioarchaeology of structural violence in the Victorian Era. Pamela K. Stone.