At a time when social inequalities are increasing at an alarming rate, this new edition of Mel Bartley’s popular book is a vital resource for understanding the extent of health inequalities and why they are proving to be persistent despite decades of growing knowledge and policies on the issue.
As in the first edition, by examining influences of social class, income, culture and wealth as well as gender, ethnicity and other factors in identity, this accessible book provides a key to understanding the major theories and explanations of what lies behind inequality in health. Bartley re–situates the classic behavioural, psycho–social, and material approaches within a life–course perspective. Evaluating the evidence of health outcomes over time and at local and national levels, Bartley argues that individual social integration demands closer attention if health inequality is to be tackled effectively, revealing the important part that identity plays in relation to the chances of a long and healthy life.
Health Inequality will be essential reading for students taking courses in the sociology of health and illness, social policy and welfare, health sciences, public health and epidemiology and all those interested in understanding the consequences of social inequality for health.
Chapter 1 What is Social Inequality?
Chapter 2 What is Health Inequality?
Chapter 3 Figuring Out Health Inequality
Chapter 4 Explanatory Models I: Behavioural and ′Cultural′ Explanations
Chapter 5 Explanatory Models II: Psycho–Social Factors
Chapter 6 Explanatory Models III: Materialist Explanations
Chapter 7 Macro–social models
Chapter 8 Gender and Inequality in Health
Chapter 9 Ethnic Inequalities in Health
Chapter 10. Health Inequality in the Life Course
Chapter 11 The Way Forward for Research and Policy Debate
Johannes Siegrist, Heinrich–Heine University Düsseldorf
"This new edition of Mel Bartley’s classic book has the authoritative heft of one of the western world’s most respected medical sociologists. Her great personal depth of expertise comes across throughout the volume, and the book demonstrates a tight grasp of the conceptual and social theory issues that should underpin high–quality research into health inequalities. The book’s newly updated national and international data on health inequalities are especially welcome." –
John Frank, University of Edinburgh