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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

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The Nature Of Social Injustice And Its Impact On Public Health

The Nature Of Social Injustice And Its Impact On Public Health

Social Injustice and Public Health

Barry S. Levy

Victor W. Sidel

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the nature of social injustice and its impact on public health. It defines social injustice in two ways: as the denial or violation of economic, sociocultural, political, civil, or human rights of specific populations or groups in a society based on the perception of their inferiority by those with more power or influence; and as policies or actions that adversely affect the societal conditions in which people can be healthy. The chapter describes a wide range of adverse health consequences that result from social injustice. Boxes in the chapter describe concepts of social justice, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Declaration of Health Rights. The chapter describes what needs to be done to address social injustice.

Keywords:   social injustice, social justice, equity, health disparities, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Declaration of Health Rights, human rights, human development, communities, education

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