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Political Sociology and the People's Health

Jason Beckfield


Health, illness, and death are distributed unequally around the world. Babies born in Japan can expect to live to age 80 or over, while babies born in Malawi can expect to die before the age of 50. As important, birth into one race, class, and gender within one society vs. another also matters enormously for one’s health. To answer such questions about social inequalities in health, Political Sociology and the People’s Health responds to two research trends that are motivating scholarship at the leading edge of inquiry into population health. First, social epidemiology is turning toward policy ... More

Keywords: health inequities, political sociology, social epidemiology, health policy, population health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190492472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Beckfield, author
Harvard University