The Health of Populations
General Theories and Practical Realities
By (author) Stephen J. Kunitz
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Health of Populations by Stephen J. Kunitz
Book DescriptionIn the maelstrom of current public health debate over the social determinants of health, this book offers a well-balanced discussion on the roots of prevalent strains of thought on the matter. While this area of research deals in complex problems, it is often dominated by those who deploy rather categorical, partisan positions, citing from a wide range of contradictory statistical studies. Stephen Kunitz brings a measured, balanced, and independent perspective to bear on the debate, taking a step back from current arguments to look at the fundamental issues through a socio-historical lens. Part I describes how ideas about the costs and benefits of industrialisation, and about the causes of disease, have been used by writers from different ideological persuasions to explain the health of populations. Part II focuses on some of the ideas that have been particularly influential in contemporary debates: factors such as standard of living, community and its loss, inequality, and globalisation. The fact that these have been used to support differing explanations of the determinants of population health suggests that there are no easy generalisations in a field with so many discrepant findings. Scientists often ignore anomalous findings in the interests of advancing a particular paradigm, until the anomalies outweigh the norm and a new paradigm is created. This book argues that in considering social determinants of health, no meaningful over-arching explanations may be possible. Rather, it is by immersion in the reality of particular contexts - work settings, historical periods, geopolitical regions, and governmental credos - that we may gain a better understanding of the way in which social forces shape patterns of health and disease.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195308075
(242mm x 165mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen J. Kunitz
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Examines how state government policies and their historic beginnings have present-day effects on their residents' political lives and on population health, especially for marginalized groups.
Drinking, Conduct Disorder and Social Change, Hardback (December 2000)
Based on interviews with over 1000 Navajo Indian men and women, this monograph examines the associations between childhood experiences and behaviour, and the development of alcohol dependence in adulthood.
Disease and Social Diversity, Paperback (February 1996)
This book is based upon a series of historical and contemporary comparative studies of the disease experience of indigenous peoples in North America and Oceania as a result of their contact with, and domination by, Europeans. It argues that this experience, while similar in many ways, has been highly variable.
Drinking Careers, Hardback (November 1994)» View all books by Stephen J. Kunitz
This text details the follow up study of alcohol use amongst three groups of Native Americans first interviewed in 1966. The authors found that there is a considerable diversity in patterns of alcohol use among both women and men.
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