The Nature Of Social Injustice And Its Impact On Public Health

Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI:
The Nature Of Social Injustice And Its Impact On Public Health

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This chapter describes the nature of social injustice and its impact on public health. It defines social injustice in two ways: as the denial or violation of economic, sociocultural, political, civil, or human rights of specific populations or groups in a society based on the perception of their inferiority by those with more power or influence; and as policies or actions that adversely affect the societal conditions in which people can be healthy. The chapter describes a wide range of adverse health consequences that result from social injustice. Boxes in the chapter describe concepts of social justice, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Declaration of Health Rights. The chapter describes what needs to be done to address social injustice.

Keywords: social injustice; social justice; equity; health disparities; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Declaration of Health Rights; human rights; human development; communities; education

Chapter.  5820 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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