Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe

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For the first time, life expectancy is declining in an industrialized society. In this pioneering work, William C. Cockerham examines the social causes of the decline in life expectancy beginning in the 1960s in the former Soviet Union: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania,

Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and East Germany. He argues that the roots of this change are mainly social rather than biomedical--the result of poor policy decisions, stress and unhealthy livestyle. Cockerham presents a theory of postmodern social change that goes beyond the borders of

Eastern Europe.

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Cockerham sociology, medicine, and public health, U. of Alabama- Birmingham describes the declining life expectancy and increasing effects of societal stress, excessive drinking, smoking, and poor eating habits beginning in the 1960s. He argues that the causes are social rather than biomedical, and include poor policy decisions, stress, and unhealthy lifestyles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415920803
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/16/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Social Determinants of the Decline in Longevity 29
Ch. 3 Health Lifestyles: A Theoretical Perspective 53
Ch. 4 Russia: Life Expectancy and Social Change 81
Ch. 5 Russia: The Current Health Crisis 99
Ch. 6 Hungary 123
Ch. 7 Poland 143
Ch. 8 The Czech Republic and Slovakia 169
Ch. 9 Romania 193
Ch. 10 Bulgaria 211
Ch. 11 East Germany 227
Ch. 12 Conclusion 245
Appendix 253
References 255
Subject Index 277
Author Index 282
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