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Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 95, Issue 5, pp 750–753 | Cite as

Health Inequalities, Social Justice, and the Limits of Liberalism

Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: New Conversations across the Disciplines. Edited by Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, Rebecca L. Walker, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 350 pp
  • Dillon Wamsley
  • Benjamin Chin-Yee
Book Review

This path-breaking volume compiles a wide variety of research from numerous disciplines—spanning sociology, anthropology, philosophy, bioethics, public health, and medicine—inserting these disparate fields into “conversation with each other to illustrate how different vantage points and starting assumptions can complicate widely accepted views on health inequality and justice” [1]. The volume offers a compelling interdisciplinary analysis surrounding issues of social justice, equality, and healthcare reform, particularly in the USA, at a time of growing inequalities [2, 3]. By articulating the connections between unequal social resources, health inequalities, and justice, this volume also has broad relevance in urban settings in the USA and worldwide, where rates of poverty and inequality are often most pronounced and linked with health disparities [4, 5].

The book’s first section highlights the dominant normative debates surrounding health inequalities and establishes the intellectual...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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