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Ethnicity, Racism and Difference
Ethnicity, racism and difference
Introduction

As has been examined in preceding chapters, the effect of social stratification on health and longevity is a key area of research for sociological approaches to health and illness. This chapter explores how ethnicity and racism have emerged as dimensions of stratification in the social relations of health along with class (Chapter 3) and gender (Chapter 4). The different ways in which ethnic or racial inequalities in health have been addressed in the UK and the USA are related to the conceptualizations of migration, cultural difference and hierarchies of class and race that have informed research. The cultural context of research is a key aspect of understanding what questions can and cannot be asked, let alone answered. The ...

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