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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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Long-term illness and disability: inequalities compounded

Long-term illness and disability: inequalities compounded

(p.119) 9 Long-term illness and disability: inequalities compounded
Social work and global health inequalities

Barbara Fawcett

Policy Press

‘Disability’ is a wide-ranging concept that generates varying interpretations. In countries such as Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, it has been used to describe and also to challenge the socially created disadvantage and discrimination experienced by people with physical or emotional impairments or illnesses. In parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia, situations of extreme poverty and the lack of adequate resources make daily survival the prime consideration. In this chapter, the author draws from her practice and research experience in the field of disability to examine globalising trends and health inequalities. Using heart disease and type 2 diabetes as core examples, the chapter explores how disabling social, economic, and political responses compound inequalities, and maps out the parameters for adaptable and flexible social-work responses.

Keywords:   disability, social work, health inequalities, heart disease, type 2 diabetes

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