The politics of evidence: ‘Doing nothing’ about LGBT health inequities by the WHO

Lee, Po-Han (2020) The politics of evidence: ‘Doing nothing’ about LGBT health inequities by the WHO. LaPSe of Reason.

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How is ‘nothing’ produced and justified, and how is it functioning? Here, I will take a multilateral debate in the World Health Organisation (WHO) over the issues regarding health inequities experienced by sexual and gender minorities as an example. This article asks what national delegates really mean when they blame on the lack of evidence? Observing the debates in the WHO and elsewhere, what certain national governments have been doing is to avoid – by not making anything happen – a potential formulation of future international pressure through global health policymaking and its normative discourse. Through deconstructing the discourse of a ‘lack of evidence’, I identify the socio-political functions of ignorance and ignoring. That is, they did nothing, not because they didn’t understand and care. Quite on the contrary, it was because they cared and knew too well that health is always political, and yet, it is not just the politics concerning knowledge production and media representation; it is also international politics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sexual and gender minorities, health inequities, global health, World Health Organisation
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Po-Han Lee
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 08:44

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