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Locating Health

Sociological and Historical Explorations, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Platt, Hilary Thomas, Sue Scott, Gareth Williams


270 pages

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Originally presented as papers in the 1991 British Sociological Association Conference on Health and Society, Locating Health represents a valuable addition to the ‘health inequalities’ debate by extending our gaze beyond the traditional locations to include place, consumption and lifestyle. It offers reconceptualization of key theoretical terms, including work, income, and public/private domains as well as addressing the reciprocal influence of health and social location, for example early retirement; and highlighting the health consequences of multiple locations, such as gender and class, gender and age.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

About the editors

Notes on the contributors


Foreword, Uta Gerhardt

1. Introduction, Stephen Platt and Hilary Thomas

2. The Impact of Income Inequality on Life Expectancy, Richard Wilkinson

3. The Gendered Resource Triangle: Health and Resources in Later Life, Sara Arber and Jay Ginn

4. Gendered Differences in Longevity and Health in Eastern and Western Europe, Sally Macintyre

5. Feminism and the Health Consequences of Women’s Work in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain, Barbara Harrison

6. Conditions of Formal and Domestic Labour: Toward an Integrated Framework for the Analysis of Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Health, Jennie Popay and Mel Bartley

7. Health Issues in Male Early Retirement, Dallas Cliff

8. Occupational Health in the UK Gas Industry: A Study of Employer, Medical and Worker Knowledge and Action on Occupational Health in the Late Nineteenth an Early Twentieth Century, Andrew Watterson

9. How Do Places Shape Health? Rethinking Locality and Lifestyle in North-East England, Peter Phillimore

10. The Health Costs of Britain’s Industrialization: A Perspective from the Celtic Periphery, Rory Williams

11. ‘Keeping up with the Joneses?’ Private Health Insurance as a Consumption Good?, Michael Calnan, Sarah Cant and Jonathan Gabe

12. Health and Ignorance: Past and Present, David Smith and Malcolm Nicolson


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General