Health and illness

Health and illness

Susan A McDaniel University of Lethbridge

abstract Sociology of health and illness behaviour has been enlivened by increased understanding of the complex roles social factors and structures play in individual and societal health and well-being. New insights are simultaneously empirical and conceptual, leading to innovative approaches to analysis, as well as new conceptual frameworks. Three examples are: the social gradient of health, the population health perspective and the salience of social fabric to both individual and societal well-being. Nonetheless, puzzles remain such as how social inequalities get under the skin, why socioeconomic improvements do not always yield life expectancy gains and how to reduce health disparities and inequalities. 

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