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As seen in Chapters 15 and 16, systems of inequality within and between nation-states have a long history, often stretching back into colonialism.  Medical Anthropology examines the impact of inequality in the health individuals.  In the video, "New Rulers of the World", John Pilger takes a look at the impact of global and local inequality on Indonesian citizens, especially poor sweatshop workers. 200 original words required


  1. When you are done watching the video, answer the following questions by referring to specific information from the video when appropriate, NOT other sources:
    1. According to the video, how did a country with so many natural resources like Indonesia come to have so many poor people? What role did the U.S. and other Western countries play in this?
    2. In what ways are the sweatshop workers in the film who makes our clothes victims of "structural violence"? (Hint: see Chapter 16)
    3. What can we do to promote more equality and better health for the poor, both here in the U.S. and in other countries, who make our clothes and phones, and grow the food we eat?
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