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Social Capital and Health

  • Kawachi is a well-known researcher and author in this field

  • The book is addressing social determinants of health which is a hot topic within Public Health

  • There is a growing demand for material on social capital, particularly in the applied fashion presented here

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-X
  2. Social Capital and Health

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Social Capital and Health

      • Ichiro Kawachi, S.V. Subramanian, Daniel Kim
      Pages 1-26
  3. Measurement of Social Capital

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. Measurement of Individual Social Capital

      • Martin Van Der Gaag, Martin Webber
      Pages 29-49
    3. Network-Based Approaches for Measuring Social Capital

      • Cynthia M. Lakon, Dionne C. Godette, John R. Hipp
      Pages 63-81
    4. Social Capital and Public Health

      • Rob Whitley
      Pages 95-115
    5. The Economic Approach to Cooperation and Trust

      • Lisa R. Anderson, Jennifer M. Mellor
      Pages 117-136
  4. Empirical Evidence

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Social Capital and Physical Health

      • Daniel Kim, S.V. Subramanian, Ichiro Kawachi
      Pages 139-190
    3. Social Capital and Mental Health

      • Astier M. Almedom, Douglas Glandon
      Pages 191-214
    4. Social Capital and Health-Related Behaviors

      • Martin Lindström
      Pages 215-238
    5. Social Capital and Aging-Related Outcomes*

      • Kathleen A. Cagney, Ming Wen
      Pages 239-258
    6. Social Capital and Health Communications

      • K. Viswanath
      Pages 259-271
    7. Disaster Preparedness and Social Capital

      • Howard K. Koh, Rebecca O. Cadigan
      Pages 273-285
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 287-291

About this book

As interest in social capital has grown over the past decade—particularly in public health —so has the lack of consensus on exactly what it is and what makes it worth studying. Social Capital and Health presents the state of the debate, from definition to conceptualization, from effective measurement to real-world applications. The 21 contributors (headed by Ichiro Kawachi, a widely respected leader in the field, and including physicians, economists, and public health experts) discuss the potentials and pitfalls in current research, and salient examples of social capital concepts informing public health practice.

The book’s first section traces the theoretical origins of social capital, and the strengths and limitations of current methodologies of measuring it. The second half surveys the empirical data on social capital in key health areas. Among the highlights:

  • Toward a definition: Individual or group entity? Negative as well as positive effects?
  • Measurement methods: survey, sociometric, ethnographic, experimental
  • The relationship between social capital and physical health and health behaviors: smoking, substance abuse, physical activity, sexual activity
  • Social capital and mental health: early findings
  • Social capital and the aging community
  • Applying social capital to health communications
  • Social capital and disaster preparedness

Social Capital and Health is certain to inspire researchers and advanced students in public health, health behavior, and social epidemiology. The collective insight found in these diverse perspectives should inspire a new generation of research on this topic, and lead to the development of interventions to improve public health.

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Economics
  • Ethnography
  • Health Communication
  • Human Development
  • Public Health
  • communication

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This edited book is designed to provide an up-to-date description of scholarly thinking about the concept of social capital and its relationships to health outcomes. … Public health students and researchers interested in social and behavioral predicates of health are the intended audience. … The chapter authors are published and knowledgeable in their respective areas. This book will provide students and academic researchers with a very good, up-to-date accounting of the state-of-the-field in thinking about and studying social capital and its relationship to health." (Anne B. Wallis, Doody’s Review Service, January 2008)

"The book consists of an introduction plus two large sections, the first on the measurement of social capital and the second on the evidence linking social capital to health. ... This book will be a useful reference for anyone interested in understanding and studying the many and complex ways in which social relationships may affect health." (Ana V. Diez Roux, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 168, 2008)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

    Ichiro Kawachi, S.V. Subramanian, Daniel Kim

About the editors

Ichiro Kawachi is a Professor of Social Epidemiology in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health.  He has authored several books with Oxford University Press and New Press on society and health.

S.V. Subramanian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.  He has a PhD in geography with specialization in multilevel statistical methods, and he also has a master's degree in the field of development studies.

Daniel Kim is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training in community medicine at the University of Toronto. He also has a doctor of public health degree in social epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-71311-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)