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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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Inequality, psychosocial health and societal health: a model of inter-group conflict

Inequality, psychosocial health and societal health: a model of inter-group conflict

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(p.131) Nine Inequality, psychosocial health and societal health: a model of inter-group conflict
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Social inequality and public health
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Siddharth Chandra

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0009

This chapter traces out the ramifications of a very different effect of social inequality: its impact on identity formation. It argues that social inequalities directly affect how people perceive their world and themselves, and that this ultimately can have very broad implications for peace and governance in modern multi-group societies. It presents a model that links inequality with psychosocial health, and psychosocial health with group violence. In the process, it explores the links between identity, inequality and the behaviour of groups using models and concepts from psychology, politics, sociology, economics and demography. At a variety of levels, these links can be thought of as driving a major public health outcome, namely violence.

Keywords:   social inequality, identity formation, multi-group societies, psychosocial health, group violence

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