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The metaphor of the miner's canary and black-white disparities in health: a review of intergenerational socioeconomic factors and perinatal outcomes

Debbie Barrington

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0006
The metaphor of the miner's canary and black-white disparities in health: a review of intergenerational socioeconomic factors and perinatal outcomes

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This chapter takes up perhaps the most insidious case of group health disparities in the developed world, the gap between black and white people in the US. It traces the intergenerational aspects of the health deficit suffered by African Americans, likening the African American population to a canary in the coalmine: their multiply-disadvantaged status concentrates the health-depressing effects of social inequality.

Keywords: group health disparities; health deficit; social inequality; United States; African Americans

Chapter.  6342 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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