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Health related worklessness

Clare Bambra

in Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588299
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.003.0006
Health related worklessness

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The previous chapter examined how one form of worklessness — unemployment — is associated with an increased risk of ill-health and mortality. This chapter examines the opposite relationship, in which the development of ill-health can result in long-term worklessness. The first section examines health-related worklessness within the UK social security system. Four key issues in current social policy debates about health-related worklessness are then examined: hidden unemployment, cultures of worklessness, the medicalization of sickness absence, and the reserve army of labour thesis. The chapter then examines socio-economic inequalities in the employment consequences of ill-health. The final section takes a more international approach by comparing health-related worklessness by welfare state regime.

Keywords: ill-health; unemployment; UK; social security system; social policy; health; sickness absence; reserve army of labour

Chapter.  12237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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