Interest Groups and the Reproduction of Inequality

Constance A. Nathanson

in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170665
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850204 | DOI:
Interest Groups and the Reproduction of Inequality

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This chapter examines the treatment of public health as a form of interest-group politics. It also argues that the barriers to representation of disadvantaged minority voices in the realm of public health are socially structured, that they arise from within these groups themselves as well as from without, and that external and internal barriers are inextricably intertwined. The chapter also presents three public-health stories: (1) tuberculosis at the turn of the last century; (2 ) HIV/AIDS; and (3) cigarette smoking. These stories focus on the society's recognition of and response to the emergence of systematic inequalities in the risk of disease and death.

Keywords: public health; interest-group politics; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; cigarette smoking; inequalities

Chapter.  9821 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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