Why the White Working-class Mortality and Morbidity Is Increasing in the United States: The Importance of the Political Context

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This article analyzes critically the most recent scientific bibliography on the causes of the growth of mortality and morbidity in the white working class of the United States. The methodology used in these studies, and also the insufficient conceptualization of the variables used (such as social class), limits the understanding of the increment of the “diseases of despair” in that sector of the population. This article emphasizes the need to analyze the evolution of the social classes in the United States, and the political determinants that have changed not only the character and composition of that class, but also the power differentials between this class and other classes in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • class analysis
  • inequality
  • morbidity
  • mortality
  • working class

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  • Health Policy

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