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Patterns of and explanations for ethnic inequalities in health

James Y. Nazroo

in Explaining ethnic differences

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344670.003.0006
Patterns of and explanations for ethnic inequalities in health

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This chapter examines the patterning of ethnic inequalities in health in Great Britain. It discusses some of the assumptions that have underpinned much of the research and policy debate in relation to ethnic differences in health, and illustrates how far such differences are likely to be a consequence of the social inequalities faced by minority ethnic people in Britain. The chapter demonstrates how socioeconomic inequalities are too-readily dismissed as a potential explanation for ethnic inequalities in health, and shows how experiences of racial harassment and discrimination might also lead to an increased risk of poor health.

Keywords: ethnic inequalities; health inequalities; Great Britain; social inequalities; racial harassment; racial discrimination; poor health

Chapter.  6270 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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