“Known to be unhealthy” - How social epidemiology produces health differences
- Ilse Jacoba Dijkstra (see profile)
- Public Health, Science and Technology Studies (STS)
- Public health, Critical theory, Epidemiology, Medical policy, Science--Study and teaching, Technology--Study and teaching, Equality
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- Critical public health, Health policy, Science and technology studies (STS), Social inequality
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- Inspired and informed by contemporary research within Science and Technology Studies (STS), this essay discusses how social epidemiological research serves to create and produce health inequalities in society. Focusing in particular on how social epidemiology establishes the relationship between socio-economic status and health, it examines how the accumulation of different studies relying on different indicators and measures results in the construction of new facts and generalizations concerning the health of people with a lower socio-economic status. By identifying groups “known to be unhealthy”, the essay presents social epidemiology as participating in the co-production of the social and political infrastructures underlying policy decisions. To increase awareness within social epidemiology of the politics of its own knowledge practices, it concludes by recommending new interdisciplinary collaborations.
- This essay won the ESST Undergraduate Essay Prize of 2020.
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