Successful Societies

How Institutions and Culture Affect Health

by Peter A. Hall, Michèle Lamont

Why are some societies more successful than others at promoting individual and collective well-being? This book integrates recent research in social epidemiology with broader perspectives in social science to explore why some societies are more successful than others at securing population health. It explores the social roots of health inequalities, arguing that inequalities in health are based not only on economic inequalities, but on the structure of social relations. It develops sophisticated perspectives on social relations, which emphasize the ways in which cultural frameworks as well as institutions condition people's health. It reports on research into health inequalities in the developed and developing worlds, covering a wide range of national case studies, and into the ways in which social relations condition the effectiveness of public policies aimed at improving health.

  • Cambridge University Press; August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511601712
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  • Title: Successful Societies
  • Author: Peter A. Hall (ed.); Michèle Lamont (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'This ambitious and creative volume sets the agenda for how we should think about societal and cultural determinants of health. Hall and Lamont have given us the best volume yet on understanding how societies produce population health. With a stellar set of authors, the book examines the path-dependent processes by which successful societies can lead to improved health outcomes for its citizens. The book integrates the work of social scientists, historians and epidemiologists and is a must read for scholars as well as students in those fields as well as the public. An indispensable volume - it will change the way you think about the production of health and well being!' Lisa F. Berkman, Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University