ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Untangling the Labyrinth of Health Inequities in India

Equity and Access: Health Care Studies in India edited by Purendra Prasad and Amar Jesani, India: OUP, 2019; pp xiv + 418, `1,195 (hardcover).


The underlying hypothesis (of the political economy of health) is that economic and political institutions and decisions that create, enforce, and perpetuate economic and social privilege and inequality are the root—or “fundamental”—causes of social inequalities in health.   

—Krieger N (2001)

An enquiry into the fundamental causes of social inequalities has fascinated public health rese­archers and policymakers around the world. The questions as to why gender-, class-, race-, and caste-based differences in health outcomes have been approached from various theoretical points of view—they have ranged from the structural to the cultural/behavi­oural explanations to the tendency to treat inequalities in health as an artefact. The framework put forward by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDH) by the World Health Organization tries to synthesise some of these perspectives into a comprehensive framework. Prasad and Jesani (2019), in their edited volume
titled Equ­ity and Access: Health Care Studies in India, adopt a political economy app­roach to locate the changing nature of inequalities in health in India within and across social structures while critiquing the SDH framework.

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Updated On : 30th Apr, 2022
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