“El éxito de una economía y de una sociedad no puede ser separado de las vidas que los miembros de esa sociedad con capaces de llevar… No sólo valoramos vivir bien y satisfactoriamente sino también valoramos tener control sobre nuestras propias vidas”
Amartya Sen. Desarrollo y Libertad (1999). Citado en The Status Syndrome.
“Autonomy -how much control you have over your life- and the opportunities you have for full social engagement and participation are crucial for health, well-being and longevity. It is inequality in these that plays a big part in producing the social gradient in health. Degrees of control and participation underlie the status syndrome.
Sounds simple, I hope. But these two sentences about control and participation took more than twtenty-five years of research to formulate. In the age of the genome and high-tech medical are, thinking about health typically turns to biology and technology. The discovery of how important control and participation are for health leds in a different direction: to the circunstances in which we live and work. In other words, this health research that leads us to focus not on access to the latest medical technology, but on the way we think about the sort of lives we want for ourselves and the sort of society in which we want to lead them”.
Michael Marmot. The status syndrome