The Bioarchaeology of Structural Violence

A Theoretical Framework for Industrial Era Inequality

  • Lori A. Tremblay
  • Sarah Reedy

Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Lori A. Tremblay, Sarah Reedy
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Structural Violence of Gender Inequality

  4. The Structural Violence of Social and Socioeconomic Inequalities

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-284

About this book


This volume is a resource for bioarchaeologists interested in using a structural violence framework to better understand and contextualize the lived experiences of past populations. One of the most important elements of bioarchaeological research is the study of health disparities in past populations. 
This book offers an analysis of such work, but with the benefit of an overarching theoretical framework. It examines the theoretical framework used by scholars in cultural and medical anthropology to explore how social, political, and/or socioeconomic structures and institutions create inequalities resulting in health disparities for the most vulnerable or marginalized segments of contemporary populations. It then takes this framework and shows how it can allow researchers in bioarchaeology to interpret such socio-cultural factors through analyzing human skeletal remains of past populations. The book discusses the framework and its applications based on two main themes: the structural violence of gender inequality and the structural violence of social and socioeconomic inequalities.


Structural Violence of Gender Inequality mutilated historicity Archiving Black Women’s Bodies Chronic and Episodic Biological Stress in Working Class Women Trauma in Working Class English Women Patriarchy in Industrial Era Europe Skeletal Evidence of Male Preference During Growth bioarchaeology of structural violence in the Victorian Era Beauty and bodies in the Victorian Era Structural Violence of Social and Socioeconomic Inequalities Erie County Poorhouse Tukthuset, Oslo House of Corrections Entheseal Stress Patterns as a form of Structural Violence Hamman-Todd Osteological Collection Pollution, Health, and England’s Industrial Revolution Workload intensity and health during Portugal’s Novo regime Structural Violence in Nineteenth Century New Orleans Socioeconomic Status of Louisiana’s Port Populations Federal Legislation impact Louisiana’s Port Populations

Editors and affiliations

  • Lori A. Tremblay
    • 1
  • Sarah Reedy
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Liberal Arts and SciencesState University of New York at DelhiDelhiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal JusticeQuinnipiac UniversityHamdenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-46439-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-46440-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2567-6776
  • Series Online ISSN 2567-6814
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