The politics of health inequalities research in the United States

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In this article, based on a speech to the European Association of Health Policy, the author discusses the political context in which health inequalities research has historically operated in the United States. The discussion focuses on the limitations of research that uses income, consumption, and status as the primary categories of research practice, and demonstrates these limitations by critically analyzing The Health of Nations (by Kawachi and Kennedy). The author concludes that it is essential to use categories of analysis that focus on class relations as well as race and gender relations and their reproduction through the intemational and national institutions, to study their impact on the health and well-being of populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 4 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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