Social stratification, social closure, social class, and mental health inequalitie

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Title: Social stratification, social closure, social class, and mental health inequalitie
Author: Ng, Edwin; Muntaner, Carles; Vanroelen, Christophe; Christ, Sharon; Eaton, William W.
Abstract: We review two major strands of sociological theory to understand possible causal processes relevant to the generation of social inequalities and the production of parallel mental health disparities. The first strand, known as the social stratification model, includes gradational measures of socioeconomic status and draws upon Weber’s idea of “life chances.” The second strand includes two relational processes: the neo-Weberian idea of “social closure,” understood in terms of credentialism and unequal control over economic resources, and the neo-Marxian concept of social class, conceptualized as relations of ownership and control over productive assets. We also review classic and recent studies in the extant literature, discuss the interrelationships among social inequalities, race, ethnicity, and gender, and consider social causation and social selection hypotheses to interpret findings on the relationship between social inequalities and mental disorders. In closing, we identify directions for future research in order to address outstanding issues in mental health disparities scholarship.
URI: http://primo.tug-libraries.on.ca/WATERLOO:vtug4515817
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11895/201
https://www.amazon.ca/Handbook-Sociology-Mental-Health-Aneshensel/dp/9400774435/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482384805&sr=8-1&keywords=Handbook+of+the+Sociology+of+Mental+Health
Date: 2013


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