Honors Project - Open Access
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) ensures equal access care to all British residents. Health outcomes, nonetheless, vary across socioeconomic class, education level, and geographic location, a phenomenon particularly affecting Britain’s South Asian Muslim communities. This paper will contextualize the NHS within the British national imaginary and analyze discursive, social, and economic variables influencing Pakistani and Bangladeshi poor health. I will integrate religious-based analysis into healthcare studies and question if health outcomes act as a marker of distinction between minority and majority populations. Though Muslim organizations, the NHS, the Department of Health, and government multicultural policies hope to reverse health disparities, I argue that the NHS, as a collective institution, reproduces societal hierarchy and enhances a discourse separating the British national Self from the Muslim Other.
Schreiber, Marni P., "South Asian Muslim Health Outcomes in Great Britain: The National Health Service and the British National Imaginary" (2014). Religious Studies Honors Projects. 13.
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