Across the globe, people experience health and suffer from illness in very different ways. Some of this is due to geographic and cultural variation, but much is due to vast inequalities that affect people’s life expectancy, rates of child mortality, major causes of disease and availability of effective treatments. In this chapter, we critically examine the global distribution of health and illness with particular attention to the social dimensions of health including inequality, poverty and globalisation. We then examine how health is prioritised at the global level and catered for at the local level, involving a set of complex practices that may reinforce various forms of inequality.
|Title of host publication||Second opinion|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to health sociology|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|