Individualism as Habitus: Reframing the Relationship between Income Inequality and Health

Health, Culture and Society

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Title Individualism as Habitus: Reframing the Relationship between Income Inequality and Health
Creator Adjaye-Gbewonyo, D.
Subject Public Health
culture, Bourdieu, income distribution, public health
Description Public health literature has demonstrated a negative effect of income inequality on a number of health outcomes. Researchers have attempted to explain this phenomenon, drawing on psychosocial and neo-materialist explanations. This paper argues, however, that these approaches fail to recognize the crucial role of culture, focusing specifically on the cultural value of individualism. Through a review of the literature and Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice as a theoretical framework, I provide support for the proposition that an ideology based in individualism is the context within which income inequality, social fragmentation, material deprivation, and consequently poor health outcomes are produced. I further offer recommendations for continued research into the role of cultural determinants in the income inequality-health relationship.
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Date 2017-12-08
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source Health, Culture and Society; Perspectives II; 97-111
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Health, Culture and Society

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