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Social Injustice and Public Health 9780195171853

Social Injustice and Public Health

ISBN-10: 0195171853
ISBN-13: 9780195171853
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: Two past presidents of the American Public Health Association edit this book, on the ways in which social injustice underlies public health problems. Their previous books, War and Public Health, and errorism and Public Health, both dealt with specific issues of social injustice as they relateto public health. The current book addresses a similar set of issues in a more comprehensive manner. This book defines social injustice as the active denial or violation based on the perception of the inferiority of specific groups. These groups are socially defined in terms of racial or ethnic status, language, country of origin, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation or otherperceived group characterisitics. Social injustice manifests in many ways ranging from various forms of overt discrimination to the wide gaps between the "haves" and the "have-nots" within a country or between richer and poorer countries. It increases the prevalence of risk factors and hazardousexposures, which in turn lead to higher rates of disease, injury, disability, and premature death. Public health professionals as well as students need to have a clear understanding of social injustice in order to address these problems, but relatively few books address the wide range of issuesinvolved. This book will enable readers to understand social injustice and its underlying mechanisms, and as a result, will prepare them to recognize, document, investigate, and prevent social injustice and its effects on health. This book is organized so that health professionals, students in the healthprofessions, and others will find it of practical value in public health and medical practice, research, education, policy development, and advocacy.

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