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Health Inequalities, Capabilities and Global Justice

Sridhar Venkatapuram

in Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676682 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646920.003.0005
Health Inequalities, Capabilities and Global Justice

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This chapter discusses the coming together of the concern for inequalities in health by political philosophers and the drive to find ethical arguments to address health inequalities by health researchers and policy makers. It reviews the health equity criteria popular in the public health literature as well as the equality of what debates in political philosophy. It highlights the odd and regrettable lack of attention given to health issues in social justice philosophy. Then the discussion moves on to reviewing how the growing body of social epidemiology research has exploded out the ethical scope of health inequalities beyond healthcare to the design and functioning of basic social structures from the local to the global levels. And, the chapter then summarizes how the capabilities approach handles both the empirical and philosophical aspects of health inequalities through a concept of an ethical claim to a capability to be healthy. The chapter concludes with a sketch of how the capabilities approach has motivated global justice debate and views the injustice in global health inequalities as unjust capabilities inequalities.

Keywords: Capabilities approach; health inequalities; Amartya Sen; Health Equity; Global justice

Chapter.  6890 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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