The political transformation of the health inequalities debate

Wainwright, David (1996) The political transformation of the health inequalities debate. Critical Social Policy, 16 (49). pp. 67-82. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Class variations in health were a government taboo during the 1980s, but are now being rehabilitated. This 'conversion' is possible because socialist alternatives to capitalism are increasingly perceived to be intel lectually and organizationally defunct. Rather than an imperative to wards the re-distribution of wealth and extensive welfare provision, 'health inequalities' can therefore be appropriated to legitimate policies which have more to do with solving the problems of the state than the pursuit of equity. The new proposals, particularly those which are claimed to 'empower' people, are more likely to extend the regulation of working-class neighbourhoods, and reinforce feelings of powerlessness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 14:24
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 10:59
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24710 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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