Capitals and capabilities: linking structure and agency to reduce health inequalities

Publication year: 2011 Source: Social Science & Medicine, Available online 7 December 2011 Thomas Abel, Katherine Frohlich While empirical evidence continues to show that low socio-economic position is associated with less likely chances of being in good health, our understanding of why this is so remains less than clear. In this paper we examine the theoretical foundations for a structure-agency approach to the reduction of social inequalities in health. We use Max Weber’s work on lifestyles to provide the explanation for the dualism between life chances (structure) and choice-based life conduct (agency).

Publication year: 2011 Source: Social Science & Medicine, Available online 7 December 2011 Thomas Abel, Katherine Frohlich While empirical evidence continues to show that low socio-economic position is associated with less likely chances of being in good health, our understanding of why this is so remains less than clear. In this paper we examine the theoretical foundations for a structure-agency approach to the reduction of social inequalities in health. We use Max Weber’s work on lifestyles to provide the explanation for the dualism between life chances (structure) and choice-based life conduct (agency).

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Capitals and capabilities: linking structure and agency to reduce health inequalities