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Activism and the Social Determinants of Health
Activism and the social determinants of health
The Social Determinants of Health

Health issues are often framed around the diseases that cause ill health and become further personalised by focusing on the ‘struggle’ against disease. In public health programmes, this is translated into interventions to motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles and to change their ‘unhealthy’ behaviours. This in turn reinforces the importance of personal choice, personal responsibility and an emphasis on self-blame for one's powerless circumstances and poor state of health. The way in which society is structured, institutionalised and the inequities that this can create are not seen as a key part of the problem. Public health issues such as drug abuse, homelessness and social exclusion continue to ...

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