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New Book - Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change

Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change

Patricia O’Campo & James R. Dunn (Eds.)
Foreword by Professor Sir Michael Marmot

To date, much of the empirical work in social epidemiology has demonstrated the existence of health inequalities along a number of axes of social differentiation. However, this research, in isolation, will not inform effective solutions to health inequalities. Rethinking Social Epidemiology provides an expanded vision of social epidemiology as a science of change, one that seeks to better address key questions related to both the causes of social inequalities in health (problem-focused research) as well as the implementation of interventions to alleviate conditions of marginalization and poverty (solution-focused research). This book is ideally suited for emerging and practicing social epidemiologists as well as graduate students and health professionals in related disciplines.

1st Edition., 2012, X, 334 p. 15 illus.
Hardcover, ISBN 978-94-007-2137-1
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-1. Introduction.

Section I: Foundations.
-2 “Explanation,” Philosophy and Theory in Health Inequalities Research: Towards a Critical Realist Approach.
-3 Values and Social Epidemiologic Research.
-4 Population-based Data and Community Empowerment.
-5 Differences That Matter.

Section II: Context.
-6 Place-based Stress and Chronic Disease: A Systems View of Environmental Determinants.
-7 How Goes The Neighbourhood? Rethinking Neighbourhoods and Health Research in Social Epidemiology.
-8 Application of Two Schools of Social Theory to Neighbourhood, Place and Health Research.
-9 Locating Politics in Social Epidemiology.

Section III: Research Tools in Action.
-10 Structural Violence and Structural Vulnerability within the Risk Environment: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives for a Social Epidemiology of HIV Risk among Injection Drug Users and Sex Workers.
-11 Realist Review Methods for Complex Health Problems.
-12 Addressing Health Equities in Social Epidemiology: Learning from Evaluation(s)

.Section IV: Making a Difference.
-13 Knowledge Translation and Social Epidemiology: Taking Power, Politics and Values Seriously.
-14 Community-Academic Partnerships and Social Change.
-15 Producing More Relevant Evidence: Applying a Social Epidemiology Research Agenda to Public Health Practice.
-16 Conclusions.