Simone Sarti

Social inequalities in health. A reflection on the role of the social class

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This article presents a reflection about the role of social class in the field of the social inequalities in health. The health is fundamental for the reproduction of human societies and constitutes a keystone for social stratification: in facts, the study of health determinants is a central challenge for scholars who look at the empirical dimension of socio-economic disparities. Among these determinants, we stress that social class continues to have an important role, influencing directly or indirectly different dimensions of the individual health (through stress, material deprivation, unhealthy habits, etc.). Moreover, this article focuses on some aspects neglected in the debate, which could instead stem important lines of research: in particular, the redefinition of the concept of social class taking in account the role of networks.


  • Social Stratification
  • Health Inequalities
  • Social Class
  • Lifestyles
  • Network


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