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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

The Globalization of Health and Disease: The Health Transition and Global Change
The globalization of health and disease: The health transition and global change
Defining Globalization

‘Globalization’ is a diffuse construct used to denote the growing perceived spread of a capitalist world system and its integration with systems of trade, communication, transportation, patterns of urbanization, cultural influence, and migration throughout the world. Kearney defines globalization as the movement of people, ‘…information, symbols, capital and commodities in global and transnational spaces’ (Kearney 1995: 547). Quoting Giddens, Kearney notes that globalization in his usage is ‘… the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa’ (Giddens 1990).

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