Social Determinants of Health

Paperback | November 9, 2005

EditorMichael Marmot, Richard Wilkinson

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Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of thescientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health. The new edition takes account of the most recent research and also includes additional chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviours, the elderly, housing and neighbourhoods. Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behaviour or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of apopulation shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents are as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picturewe have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees - certainly for office workers - is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social environment, of how supportive it is, whetherpeople have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional environment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities. Social Determinants of Health should be read by those interested in the wellbeing of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contribution tohealth.

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Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of thescientific justification for isolating differ...

Michael Marmot is a Director, International Institute for Society and Health; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK. Richard Wilkinson is in the Department of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School; visiting Professor Institute for Society and Health, University College London...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.8 inPublished:November 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Michael Marmot: Introduction2. Eric Brunner and Michael Marmot: Social organization, stress and health3. Michael Wadsworth and Suzie Butterworth: Early life4. David Blane: The life course, the social gradient and health5. Mel Bartley, Jane Ferrie and Scott M Montgomery: Health and labour market disadvantage: unemployment, non-employment and job insecurity6. Michael Marmot, Johannes Siegrist and Tores Theorell: Health and the psychosocial environment at work7. Mark McCarthy: Transport and health8. Stephen A Stansfeld: Social supoort and social cohesion9. Aileen Robertson, Eric Brunner and Aubrey Sheiham: Food is a political issue10. Mary Shaw, Danny Dorlin and George Davey Smith: Poverty, social exclusion, and minorities11. Martin J Jarvis and Jane Wardle: Social patterning of individual health behaviours: the case of cigarette smoking12. James Y Nazroo and David R Williams: The social determination of ethnic/racial inequalities in health13. Anne McMunn, Elizabeth Breeze, Alissa Goodman, James Nazroo and Zoe Oldfield: Social determinants of health in older age14. Mai Stafford and Mark McCarthy: Neighbourhoods, housing and health15. Anne M Johnson, Catherine H Mercer, Jackie A Cassell: Social determinants, sexual behaviour and sexual health16. Richard G Wilkinson: Ourselves and others - for better or worse: social vulnerability and inequality

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`At the core of Social Determinants of Health is the ground breaking Whitehall study... it found that wealth and status are the crucial factors in health and longevity.'The Guardian