Segregation, Poverty, and Morality in Urban African Americans

Segregation, Poverty, and Morality in Urban African Americans

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This book examines mortality rates for African-Americans in selected U.S. urban areas in relation to both social class and the degree of black-white residential segregation. Mortality rates for African-American infants and young adults are shown to be especially high in certain highly-segregated areas. The findings will foster the development of the "epidemiology of American apartheid", a new field of research that has relevance to social and health policy. The intended audience includes sociologists (especially medical sociologists) who are likely to be familiar with segregation but not with its potential relevance to the health of African-Americans. Epidemiologists have recently turned to the study of racism and health, but epidemiologic studies have not dealt specifically with black-white segregation and health. Psychologists interested in racism are important potential collaborators with sociologists and epidemiologists in studies of the epidemiology of racial difference in health. Readers working in social policy and health policy areas, including urban issues, should also find relevant material. This work fits within the framework of Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal's thesis that the American creed of equality of opportunity remains unfulfilled.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195111656
  • 9780195111651

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The potential impact of segregation on the health of African Americans is an intriguing and controversial issue that relates to the fields of epidemiology and the social sciences. Epidemiologists have recently turned to the study of racism and health, but epidemiologic studies have not dealt specifically with white-black segregation and health. This book brings together the results of several studies examining mortality rates for African Americans in selected U.S. urban areas in relation to both social class and the degree of black-white residential segregation. Despite allowances for economic disparity amongst the residents of the metropolitan areas studied, mortality rates for African-American infants and young adults - traditional indicators of the level of social progress - are shown to be especially high in certain highly segregated areas. Beside the book's primary audience - epidemiologists and public health practitioners - this volume should appeal to sociologists, especially medical sociologists, who are likely to be familiar with segregation but not with its potential relevance to the health of African Americans, as well as psychologists interested in racial discrimination. Social workers, urban studies experts, and social and health policy-makers will find much relevant material in this book as well.show more

About Anthony P. Polednak

Anthony P. Polednak, Ph.D., is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, and an epidemiologist with the Connecticut Department of Public Health at Hartford. He has numerous publications in the areas of public health and cancer epidemiology.show more

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