Global Inequality and Human Needs Health and Illness in an Increasingly Unequal World

ISBN-10: 0205343961
ISBN-13: 9780205343966
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $105.60
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This book uses a critical theoretical perspective to explore the links between social variables like race, class, and gender, and the health of populations around the world. Global Inequality and Human Needs includes case studies from various countries (Russia, Chile, India, Sub-Saharan Africa) as well as the U.S. show the impact of policy on social inequality and health. Sociologists, public health professionals and anyone interested in international health issues.

Preface
Thinking Socially About Health
Thinking Socially About Health
Social Networks, Social Isolation, and Health
The AIDS Epidemic
Poverty, Social Inequality, and Health
How Does Social Inequality Bring About Differences in Health?
The Health Gradient
A Biopsychosocial Approach
Supportive Ties
An Inclusive Paradigm of Socioeconomic Status and Health
Occupational Quality and Health Outcomes
Social, Psychological, and Physical Pathways to Health Outcomes
Lack of "Social Capital" as the Explanation for Social Inequality's Effect on Health Outcomes
Inequality Internationally
The Political Economy of Health: Adding Global and Power Dimensions to Social Influences on Health
How This Book Is Organized
Theoretical Foundations for Studying Health Inequalities
Explaining Variations in Population Health
Foundations for a Social Science of Health and Inequality
The Social Group and Health
Social Stratification and Health
Types of Societies and Risks to Population Health
The Two Transitions of Developed Countries
Social Inequality in the Modern World: Social Classes
Stratification, Life Chances, and Lifestyles
Life Chances and Lifestyles: Structural Constraints and Personal Agency
Labor Force-Health Relationships
Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Gender Differences in Health
Social Hierarchy's Effects on Mind and Body
Human Bodies in Modern Vehicles: The Case of Hierarchy on the Road
Social Cohesion and Income Inequality
Summary
A Political Economy Approach to Health
The World Economic System
A Global Model of Social Influences on Health
Location in the Political Economy
State Policies
Community, Family, and Kin Buffers
Social Class and Status: Relative Control over Living Conditions
Personal Variables
Ecology and Physical Environment
Population Health Outcomes: Physical and Psychological, Individual and Communal
Health and Inequality: Principles and Examples
The Russian Case Example
Interpreting the Russian Case
Policies Matter!
Thinking Globally About Health
Global Trends
Regional Trends in World Health
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Canada
The United States
The Eastern Mediterranean
Europe
The Western Pacific
South East Asia
Conclusion
Gender, Race, and Ethnic Influences on Health
Gender and Health
Women's Health and Poverty
Gender and Health in the United States
Women's Status and Health: A Study of the United States
Principle 7
A Global Approach to Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health
Principle 8
Health Differences Among Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
Conclusion
Mental Health: Social and Global Issues
Major Categories of Mental Illness
Affective Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Schizophrenia
A Cross-National Study of Mental Illness: Clues to the Global Prevalence and Correlates of Mental Illness
Poverty, Unemployment, and Job Insecurity
Social Support and Mental Health
Alienation and Social Exclusion
Homelessness and Mental Health
A Global Perspective on Mental Health
Cultural Variations, Economic Development, and Mental Health
Mental Health Trends
Initiatives for the Improvement of Global Mental Health
Underdevelopment and Health
Underdevelopment and Health
Characteristics of Countries in the World Economic System
Specialized Economies
Weak Internal Political Structures
Low Standard of Living for Workers
High Potential for Class Conflict and Political Instability
Repressive Rulers or Governing Bodies
Inequality and Human Needs
Health and Life Expectancy on the Periphery
Causes of Underdevelopment and Poor Health: African Countries
Colonial and Cold War Legacies
Ecological Deprivation and Hardship
Technological Neglect by Corporations and Core Countries
Political Instability, Corruption, and Violence
The Policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
A Reformed World Bank?
Programs That Improve Quality of Life and Health for the Poor
The Singapore Model of Catastrophic Health Insurance
SEWA: Self-Employed Women's Association of Ahmedabad, India
Mexico's PROGRESA
Social Funds
Prospects for Improvement?
Development and Health: Promise and Limitations
Approaches to Development
Refining the "Wealth Equals Health" Formula: Six Dynamics
A Country's Readiness for Development
Principle 9
Internal Development Process
The Extent to Which the Majority Benefits from Development
The Extend to Which Inequality Increases with Development
The Effectiveness of Civic-minded State Policies
The Epidemiology of the Country
Recipe for Healthy Development: Mix in Social Welfare and Equality-enhancing Policies
Policies for Building Healthy Societies
Kerala, India: A Healthy and Literate Society Despite Low Income
Declining Access to Health Care amid Affluence: The California Example
Zaire: Rich in Resources, Distorted by Colonialism, and Impoverished by Corruption
Tackling HIV/AIDS
How Can Countries Scale up Efforts to Fight the AIDS Epidemic?
Making Societies Healthier
National and Global Policies for Healthier Societies
Enhancing Public Health Throughout the Life Course
What Can We Do as Individuals?
Principles of Sociological Health Patterns
Glossary
Abbreviations
References
Index

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