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Social inequality and public health$
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Salvatore J. Babones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423207

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.001.0001

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The metaphor of the miner's canary and black-white disparities in health: a review of intergenerational socioeconomic factors and perinatal outcomes

The metaphor of the miner's canary and black-white disparities in health: a review of intergenerational socioeconomic factors and perinatal outcomes

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Social inequality and public health
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Debbie Barrington

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0006

This chapter takes up perhaps the most insidious case of group health disparities in the developed world, the gap between black and white people in the US. It traces the intergenerational aspects of the health deficit suffered by African Americans, likening the African American population to a canary in the coalmine: their multiply-disadvantaged status concentrates the health-depressing effects of social inequality.

Keywords:   group health disparities, health deficit, social inequality, United States, African Americans

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