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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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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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Older People

Older People

(p.113) 6 OLDER PEOPLE
Social Injustice and Public Health

Carroll L. Estes

Steven P. Wallace

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses social injustice in relation to the health of older people. It covers the impact of social injustice on the health of older people; the roots and underlying causes of this social injustice, including the graying of the socioeconomic status-health gradient, the biomedicalization of aging, and globalization; and finally, what needs to be done. The chapter concludes that rights for older people must be defined as basic human rights, and that social justice for older people must begin with the assertion of the human right to health.

Keywords:   elderly, aging, poverty, globalization, human rights, the right to health, biomedicalization

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