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The Duality of Social Structure and Health

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Over the last decade stratification scholars have demonstrated the nonlinear effect of material conditions on health. A relative approach, while fruitful, is best for analyzing dynamics at the top of the income distribution, whereas an absolute approach focused on material deprivation seems appropriate to study the bottom of the distribution.
Despite that such findings are recurrent in literature, Wilkinson and Pickett (2009) propose a one-dimensional explanation of societal outcome differentials, both across affluent countries and within the U.S., centered uniquely on income inequality. While inequality surely matters, such a one-dimensional approach may cause one to overlook other significant factors such as material deprivation, and thus to misinform policy makers.
More nuanced analysis is often hindered by the empirical constraints of macro-comparative sociology (Shalev 2007). This paper offers an innovative approach to investigate the interaction between inequality and material deprivation taking advantage of configurational methods based on the concept of duality developed by Breiger (Breiger 1974; Melamed, Breiger, and Schoon 2013), shedding light on the complex nature of the effect of poverty and inequality on health.
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Rambotti, Simone. "The Duality of Social Structure and Health" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708200_index.html>

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Rambotti, S. , 2014-03-27 "The Duality of Social Structure and Health" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708200_index.html

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Abstract: Over the last decade stratification scholars have demonstrated the nonlinear effect of material conditions on health. A relative approach, while fruitful, is best for analyzing dynamics at the top of the income distribution, whereas an absolute approach focused on material deprivation seems appropriate to study the bottom of the distribution.
Despite that such findings are recurrent in literature, Wilkinson and Pickett (2009) propose a one-dimensional explanation of societal outcome differentials, both across affluent countries and within the U.S., centered uniquely on income inequality. While inequality surely matters, such a one-dimensional approach may cause one to overlook other significant factors such as material deprivation, and thus to misinform policy makers.
More nuanced analysis is often hindered by the empirical constraints of macro-comparative sociology (Shalev 2007). This paper offers an innovative approach to investigate the interaction between inequality and material deprivation taking advantage of configurational methods based on the concept of duality developed by Breiger (Breiger 1974; Melamed, Breiger, and Schoon 2013), shedding light on the complex nature of the effect of poverty and inequality on health.


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