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Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas

Williams Simon J., Calnan Michael and Dolan Alan

in Challenging health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348999
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0004
Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas

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This chapter examines developments in theoretical and methodological issues that underpin policy strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities in England. The findings indicate the need to focus on both macro and micro social relations in understanding and explaining health inequalities and to move towards a more integrated phase of research given the multidimensional nature of health inequalities. The results also highlight the importance of lay knowledge in policy-making and in elucidating the historical relationship between people and places.

Keywords: health inequalities; England; theoretical issues; methodological issues; social relations; integrated research; lay knowledge

Chapter.  7983 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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