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Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Clare Bambra


We are told that ‘work is good for us’ and that ill-health is caused by ‘individual lifestyles’. Drawing on research from public health, social policy, epidemiology, geography, and political science, this evidence-based inter-disciplinary book firmly challenges these contemporary orthodoxies. It systematically demonstrates that work — or lack of it — is central to our health and wellbeing and is the underlying determinant of health inequalities. Work is the cornerstone of modern society and dominates adult life with around a third of our time spent working. It is a vital part of self-identity ... More

Keywords: ill-health, public health, work, working, self-identity, economic status, social status, worklessness, low pay, work environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Bambra, author
Professor of Public Health Policy, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, UK