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An economic and sociological interpretation of social differnces in health-related behaviour: An encounter as a guide to social epidemoiology

Lindbladh, Eva; Lyttkens, Carl Hampus LU ; Hansson, Hans-Bertil; Östergren, Per-Olof; Isacsson, Sven-Olof and Lindgren, Björn (1996) In Social Science and Medicine 43(12). p.1817-1827
Abstract
We argue that the group-centred analyses of social epidemiology should follow from theoretical considerations that take the situation of the individual as their natural starting point. In a tentative dialogue between economics and sociology, we develop a framework for the analysis of health-related behaviour. Such behaviour is modelled as a process of decision-making at the individual level. Within economics, we draw specifically on the demand-for-health literature and the new institutional economics. Within sociology, Bourdieu's habitus theory is presented in combination with a macro-structural approach where the focus is on the process of individualization. The relationship between these different approaches to health-related behaviour... (More)
We argue that the group-centred analyses of social epidemiology should follow from theoretical considerations that take the situation of the individual as their natural starting point. In a tentative dialogue between economics and sociology, we develop a framework for the analysis of health-related behaviour. Such behaviour is modelled as a process of decision-making at the individual level. Within economics, we draw specifically on the demand-for-health literature and the new institutional economics. Within sociology, Bourdieu's habitus theory is presented in combination with a macro-structural approach where the focus is on the process of individualization. The relationship between these different approaches to health-related behaviour and their implications is discussed. We find that the encounter between different sciences provides valuable insights for future work in the socio-epidemiological tradition. (Less)
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economics, sociology, health, behaviour, social differences
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Social Science and Medicine
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43
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10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00087-1
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  author       = {Lindbladh, Eva and Lyttkens, Carl Hampus and Hansson, Hans-Bertil and Östergren, Per-Olof and Isacsson, Sven-Olof and Lindgren, Björn},
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  keyword      = {economics,sociology,health,behaviour,social differences},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {1817--1827},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Social Science and Medicine},
  title        = {An economic and sociological interpretation of social differnces in health-related behaviour: An encounter as a guide to social epidemoiology},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00087-1},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {1996},
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