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Health Disparities By Race And Class:Why Both Matter

Kawachi, Ichiro and Daniels, Norman and Robinson, Dean E (2005) Health Disparities By Race And Class:Why Both Matter. Health Affairs, 24 (2). pp. 343-352.

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In this essay we examine three competing causal interpretations of racial disparities in health. The first approach views race as a biologically meaningful category and racial disparities in health as reflecting inherited susceptibility to disease. The second approach treats race as a proxy for class and views socioeconomic stratification as the real culprit behind racial disparities. The third approach treats race as neither a biological category nor a proxy for class, but as a distinct construct, akin to caste. We point to hisHtorical, political, and ideological obstacles that have hindered the analysis of race and class as codeterminants of disparities in health.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Access to full text is subject to the publisher's access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: health disparities, race, class, racial disparities, socioeconomic
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2011 11:27
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/488

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