Health Inequality

Health Inequality : An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods

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At a time when social inequalities are increasing at an alarming rate, this new edition of Mel Bartleyi?1/2s popular book is a vital resource for understanding the extent of health inequalities and why they are proving to be persistent despite decades of growing knowledge and policies on the issue. As in the first edition, by examining influences of social class, income, culture and wealth as well as gender, ethnicity and other factors in identity, this accessible book provides a key to understanding the major theories and explanations of what lies behind inequality in health. Bartley re-situates the classic behavioural, psycho-social, and material approaches within a life-course perspective. Evaluating the evidence of health outcomes over time and at local and national levels, Bartley argues that individual social integration demands closer attention if health inequality is to be tackled effectively, revealing the important part that identity plays in relation to the chances of a long and healthy life. Health Inequality will be essential reading for students taking courses in the sociology of health and illness, social policy and welfare, health sciences, public health and epidemiology and all those interested in understanding the consequences of social inequality for health.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 264 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0745691129
  • 9780745691121

Table of contents

Introduction to the 2nd Edition Chapter 1 What is Social Inequality? Chapter 2 What is Health Inequality? Chapter 3 Figuring Out Health Inequality Chapter 4 Explanatory Models I: Behavioural and 'Cultural' Explanations Chapter 5 Explanatory Models II: Psycho-Social Factors Chapter 6 Explanatory Models III: Materialist Explanations Chapter 7 Macro-social models Chapter 8 Gender and Inequality in Health Chapter 9 Ethnic Inequalities in Health Chapter 10. Health Inequality in the Life Course Chapter 11 The Way Forward for Research and Policy Debateshow more

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-The new edition of Mel Bartley's excellent, well-written book should be relevant to anyone interested in understanding and addressing the persisting challenge of social inequalities in health. Congratulations on an inspiring, timely and critical contribution!- Johannes Siegrist, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf -This new edition of Mel Bartley's classic book has the authoritative heft of one of the western world's most respected medical sociologists. Her great personal depth of expertise comes across throughout the volume, and the book demonstrates a tight grasp of the conceptual and social theory issues that should underpin high-quality research into health inequalities. The book's newly updated national and international data on health inequalities are especially welcome.- John Frank, University of Edinburgh "The new edition of Mel Bartley's excellent, well-written book should be relevant to anyone interested in understanding and addressing the persisting challenge of social inequalities in health. Congratulations on an inspiring, timely and critical contribution!" Johannes Siegrist, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf "This new edition of Mel Bartley's classic book has the authoritative heft of one of the western world's most respected medical sociologists. Her great personal depth of expertise comes across throughout the volume, and the book demonstrates a tight grasp of the conceptual and social theory issues that should underpin high-quality research into health inequalities. The book's newly updated national and international data on health inequalities are especially welcome." John Frank, University of Edinburgh "Mel Bartley's enquiry into health inequalities is admirably thorough and balanced ... What is particularly refreshing is the way in which the different implications for practical action of accepting different models of causation are highlighted ... [An] excellent book." "Health Service Journal" "This book makes an original and major contribution to the body of knowledge on the complex theories of inequalities in health. It is well written and explained in simple terms that encourage the reader to evaluate the original research for themselves." "Australian Social Work" "This book should become essential reading for anyone genuinely interested in understanding health inequalities." "International Journal of Epidemiology"show more

About Mel Bartley

Mel Bartley is Professor Emerita of Medical Sociology at University College Londonshow more

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