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Challenging health inequalitiesFrom Acheson to choosing health$
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Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348999

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.001.0001

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Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas

Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas

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(p.46) (p.47) Four Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas
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Challenging health inequalities
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Williams Simon J.

Calnan Michael

Dolan Alan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0004

This chapter examines developments in theoretical and methodological issues that underpin policy strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities in England. The findings indicate the need to focus on both macro and micro social relations in understanding and explaining health inequalities and to move towards a more integrated phase of research given the multidimensional nature of health inequalities. The results also highlight the importance of lay knowledge in policy-making and in elucidating the historical relationship between people and places.

Keywords:   health inequalities, England, theoretical issues, methodological issues, social relations, integrated research, lay knowledge

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