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Inequality, psychosocial health and societal health: a model of inter-group conflict

Siddharth Chandra

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/9781847423207.003.0009
Inequality, psychosocial health and societal health: a model of inter-group conflict

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This chapter traces out the ramifications of a very different effect of social inequality: its impact on identity formation. It argues that social inequalities directly affect how people perceive their world and themselves, and that this ultimately can have very broad implications for peace and governance in modern multi-group societies. It presents a model that links inequality with psychosocial health, and psychosocial health with group violence. In the process, it explores the links between identity, inequality and the behaviour of groups using models and concepts from psychology, politics, sociology, economics and demography. At a variety of levels, these links can be thought of as driving a major public health outcome, namely violence.

Keywords: social inequality; identity formation; multi-group societies; psychosocial health; group violence

Chapter.  5174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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