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Human Biology and Social Inequality

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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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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"...the individual papers provide quite useful reviews and information and, taken together, make an important contribution to an underdeveloped field of human biology." American Journal of Human Biology
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Human biology and social inequality 1
2 Social inequalities and health in the contemporary world: comparative overview 20
3 Accumulation of health risks across social groups in a national longitudinal study 36
4 Equity, social cohesion and health 58
5 Growth and maturation problems of children and social inequality during economic liberalization in Central and Eastern Europe 76
6 Social inequalities in the re-emergence of infectious disease 96
7 Environmental health, social inequality and biological differences 114
8 Educational potential and attainment: long-term implications of childhood undernutrition 132
9 Affluence in developing countries and natural selection in humans 151
10 Physical activity, sport, social status and Darwinian fitness 165
11 Biological correlates of social and geographical mobility in humans: an overview 193
12 How female reproductive decisions cause social inequality in male reproductive fitness: evidence from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germany 220
13 Environmental constraints, social inequality and reproductive success. A case-study in Morocco 239
14 The emergence of health and social inequalities in the archaeological record 249
15 Eugenics and population policies 272
16 The policy implications of health inequalities in developing countries 288
17 Policy options for managing health inequalities in industrial and post-industrial countries 308
Index 331
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