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Explaining ethnic differencesChanging patterns of disadvantage in Britain$
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David Mason

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344670

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344670.001.0001

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Patterns of and explanations for ethnic inequalities in health

Patterns of and explanations for ethnic inequalities in health

(p.87) Six Patterns of and explanations for ethnic inequalities in health
Explaining ethnic differences

James Y. Nazroo

Policy Press

This chapter examines the patterning of ethnic inequalities in health in Great Britain. It discusses some of the assumptions that have underpinned much of the research and policy debate in relation to ethnic differences in health, and illustrates how far such differences are likely to be a consequence of the social inequalities faced by minority ethnic people in Britain. The chapter demonstrates how socioeconomic inequalities are too-readily dismissed as a potential explanation for ethnic inequalities in health, and shows how experiences of racial harassment and discrimination might also lead to an increased risk of poor health.

Keywords:   ethnic inequalities, health inequalities, Great Britain, social inequalities, racial harassment, racial discrimination, poor health

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