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Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy

Margaret Whitehead

in Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427151
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0009
Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy

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This chapter considers health inequalities, an area in which Peter used his science and his art to press for more effective action. It notes that far from allowing the Conservative government at the time to bury the findings of the Black Report on health inequalities, which focused on the social determinants of health, Peter's efforts turned it into a Penguin best-seller with three editions. It also draws on Peter's work to discuss both the nature of the national and global challenges that remain, as well as considering the link between poverty and health.

Keywords: health inequalities; Conservative government; Black Report on health inequalities; social determinants of health; poverty and health

Chapter.  5906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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