This chapter examines the factors underlying vulnerability to stress, including family, neighborhood, community, societal institutions, policies, and dominant ideologies. It also considers how the stress concept supports a preoccupation with questions and concerns relating to equality, along with the role of risk and the fear it engenders in the middle class' embrace of the stress concept. Finally, it discusses stressism in relation to human vulnerability to stress and Martha Albertson Fineman's views about vulnerability.
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