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Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives

Katherine E. Smith, Clare Bambra, and Sarah E. Hill


The UK has been recognized as a global leader in health inequalities research and policy. Yet, despite post-1997 policy commitments, by most measures the UK’s health inequalities have continued to widen. This failure has prompted calls for new approaches to health inequalities research and policy, alongside a growing sense that public health researchers ought to be more actively involved in ‘public health advocacy’. However, there is currently no agreement as to what these new research agendas should be or precisely what it is that public health egalitarians ought to be advocating. This book a ... More

Keywords: health inequalities, public health, evidence, policy, advocacy, politics of health, UK, international, social determinants of health, research impact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine E. Smith, editor
Reader, Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh, UK

Clare Bambra, editor
Professor of Public Health Geography, Centre for Health and Inequalities Research, Durham University

Sarah E. Hill, editor
Senior Lecturer, Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Chapter 1 Background and introduction: UK experiences of health inequalities

Katherine E. Smith, Clare Bambra, and Sarah E. Hill

Chapter 9 Neoliberalism and health inequalities

Chik Collins, Gerry McCartney, and Lisa Garnham

Chapter 12 All in it together? Health inequalities, austerity, and the ‘Great Recession’

Clare Bambra, Kayleigh Garthwaite, Alison Copeland, and Ben Barr

Chapter 14 Place, space, and health inequalities

Jamie Pearce, Rich Mitchell, and Niamh Shortt

Chapter 19 Influencing policy with research—public health advocacy and health inequalities

Katherine E. Smith, Ellen Stewart, Peter Donnelly, and Ben McKendrick

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