Social Injustice and Public Health

Social Injustice and Public Health

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This book defines social injustice as the active denial or violation based on the perception of the inferiority of specific groups. These groups are socially defined in terms of racial or ethnic status, language, country of origin, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation or other perceived group characterisitics. Social injustice manifests in many ways ranging from various forms of overt discrimination to the wide gaps between the "haves" and the "have-nots" within a country or between richer and poorer countries. It increases the prevalence of risk factors and hazardous exposures, which in turn lead to higher rates of disease, injury, disability, and premature death. Public health professionals as well as students need to have a clear understanding of social injustice in order to address these problems, but relatively few books address the wide range of issues involved. This book will enable readers to understand social injustice and its underlying mechanisms, and as a result, will prepare them to recognize, document, investigate, and prevent social injustice and its effects on health.This book is organized so that health professionals, students in the health professions, and others will find it of practical value in public health and medical practice, research, education, policy development, and advocacy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 551 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 35.6mm | 884.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 map, numerous line drawings, tables and halftones
  • 0195171853
  • 9780195171853
  • 1,983,140

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..".an invaluable primer on how inequity breeds ill health...It should be widely read by policymakers and practitioners looking for a passionate and scholarly review of societal changes that would avert enormous suffering."--New England Journal of Medicine"Social Injustice and Public Health manages to meld the substance of an invaluable textbook with the feel of a good read."--California Nurse..".an invaluable primer on how inequity breeds ill health...It should be widely read by policymakers and practitioners looking for a passionate and scholarly review of societal changes that would avert enormous suffering."--New England Journal of Medicine"Social Injustice and Public Health manages to meld the substance of an invaluable textbook with the feel of a good read."--California Nurse..".a useful contribution to a critical field of public health." --International Journal of Epidemiologyshow more

Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION; 1. The Nature of Social Injustice and Its Impact on Public Health; PART II: HOW THE HEALTH OF SPECIFIC POPULATION GROUPS IS AFFECTED BY SOCIAL INJUSTICE; 2. The Socioeconomically Disadvantaged; 3. Racial and Ethnic Minorities; 4. Women; 5. Children; 6. Older People; 7. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Individuals; 8. People with Disabilities; 9. Incarcerated People; 10. Homeless People; 11. Forced Migrants: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons; PART III: HOW SOCIAL INJUSTICE AFFECTS HEALTH; 12. Medical Care; 13. Infectious Diseases; 14. Nutrition; 15. Chronic Diseases; 16. Mental Health; 17. Assaultive Violence and War; 18. Environmental Health; 19. Occupational Safety and Health; 20. Oral Health; 21. International Health: Problems in Developing Countries; PART IV. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PREVENT SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND MINIMIZE ITS IMPACT ON HEALTH; 22. Addressing Social Injustice in a Human Rights Context; 23. Promoting Social Justice Through Public Health Policies, Programs, and Services; 24. Strengthening Communities and the Roles of Individuals in Community Life; 25. Promoting Social Justice Through Education in Public Health; 26. Researching Critical Questions on Social Justice and Public Health: An Ecosocial Perspective; 27. Protecting Human Rights through International and National Law; 28. Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Human Development; APPENDIX: ORGANIZATIONS ADDRESSING ISSUES OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND PUBLIC HEALTHshow more

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