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Human Biology and Social Inequality : Society for the Study of Human Biology SYMPOSIUM SERIES (SSHB) - S.S. Strickland

Human Biology and Social Inequality

Society for the Study of Human Biology SYMPOSIUM SERIES (SSHB)

By: S.S. Strickland (Editor), Prakash S. Shetty (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521570435
Number Of Pages: 360

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Measures of biological variation have long been associated with many indices of social inequality. Data on health, nutrition, fertility, mortality, physical fitness, intellectual performance and a range of inherited biological markers show the ubiquity of such patterns across time, space and population. This volume reviews the current evidence for the strength of such linkages and the biological and social mechanisms that underlie them. A major theme is the relationship between the proximate determinants of these linkages and their longer term significance for biologically selective social mobility. This book addresses the question of how social stratification mediates processes of natural selection in human groups. Data like this pose difficult and sensitive issues for health policy, and recent developments in this area and in eugenics are reviewed for industrialized and developing countries.

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' ... this collection, written in a clear and accessible style, will be of interest to a broad constituency of professionals and policy makers.' Social Science and Medicine 'This book is a valuable introduction to the intersection between human biology and the social sciences ... I have seen no other volume that tackles this area in such a scholarly fashion, wielding evidence rather than simply passion ... I would heartily recommend this book to geneticists who take a broad view of their subject and wish to deepen their insight into the influence of social factors on the human phenotype.' Angus Clarke '... very readable ... the excellent balance of theory and case-study material makes it very suitable for use in teaching at the graduate student level ... invaluable to students of the biology and sociology of human inequity and inequality, as well as those working in health policy.' Stanley J. Ulijasek, Journal of Biosocial Science 'Human Biology and Social Inequality presents a useful and informative publication covering a very broad range of topics on health and social inequalities and their interrelation. Strickland and Shetty ... emphasize the dire need to pursue the agenda of linking the medical/public health and social science approaches to the problem.' Nature Medicine

Human biology and social inequality Simon Strickland
Social inequalities and health in the contemporary world: comparative overview
Accumulation of health risks across social groups in a national longitudinal study
Equity, social cohesion and health
Growth and maturation problems of children and social inequality during economic liberalisation in Central and Eastern Europe
Social inequalities in the re-emergence of infectious disease
Environmental health, social inequality and biological differences
Educational potential and attainment: long-term implications of childhood undernutrition
Affluence in developing countries and natural selection in man
Physical activity, sport, social status and Darwinian fitness
Biological correlates of social and geographical mobility in humans: an overview
How female reproductive decisions cause social inequality in male reproductive fitness: evidence from eighteenth and nineteenth century Germany
Environmental constraints, social inequality and reproductive success A case study in Morocco
The emergence of health and social inequalities in the archaeological record Mark
Eugenics and population policies
The policy implications of health inequalities in developing countries
Policy options for managing health inequalities in industrial and post-industrial countries
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ISBN: 9780521570435
ISBN-10: 0521570433
Series: Society for the Study of Human Biology SYMPOSIUM SERIES (SSHB)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 28th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73