Human Biology and Social Inequality

Human Biology and Social Inequality

by Simon S. Strickland, Prakash S. Shetty
     
 

There are widely found associations between health and social inequality in human societies. This book explores the unequal trends in birth rates, growth patterns, physical fitness, educational attainment, levels of illness and risks of death in a range of populations from around the world. The book includes contributions by medical sociologists, human nutritionists,… See more details below

Overview

There are widely found associations between health and social inequality in human societies. This book explores the unequal trends in birth rates, growth patterns, physical fitness, educational attainment, levels of illness and risks of death in a range of populations from around the world. The book includes contributions by medical sociologists, human nutritionists, public health and epidemiologists as well as historical demographers and population geneticists. The ways in which goverments have tried to lessen the effects of health inequalities are also described.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521104012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Society for the Study of Human Biology Symposium Series, #39
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1Human biology and social inequality1
2Social inequalities and health in the contemporary world: comparative overview20
3Accumulation of health risks across social groups in a national longitudinal study36
4Equity, social cohesion and health58
5Growth and maturation problems of children and social inequality during economic liberalization in Central and Eastern Europe76
6Social inequalities in the re-emergence of infectious disease96
7Environmental health, social inequality and biological differences114
8Educational potential and attainment: long-term implications of childhood undernutrition132
9Affluence in developing countries and natural selection in humans151
10Physical activity, sport, social status and Darwinian fitness165
11Biological correlates of social and geographical mobility in humans: an overview193
12How female reproductive decisions cause social inequality in male reproductive fitness: evidence from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germany220
13Environmental constraints, social inequality and reproductive success. A case-study in Morocco239
14The emergence of health and social inequalities in the archaeological record249
15Eugenics and population policies272
16The policy implications of health inequalities in developing countries288
17Policy options for managing health inequalities in industrial and post-industrial countries308
Index331

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