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Psychosocial Intervention

versão On-line ISSN 2173-4712versão impressa ISSN 1132-0559


INGLEBY, David. Ethnicity, migration and the 'social determinants of health' agenda. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.3, pp.331-341. ISSN 2173-4712.

One of the most promising recent developments in health policy has been the emergence of a global 'health equity' movement concerned with the social determinants of health. In European research and policy-making, however, there is an strong tendency to reduce 'social determinants' to 'socioeconomic determinants' and to ignore the role of ethnicity, migration and other factors in the creation of inequities. This threatens to hold up the development of work on ethnicity and migration and thus to perpetuate inequities linked to these factors. The present article sets out to illustrate this tendency and to investigate the reasons which may underlie it. The justifications often put forward for neglecting ethnicity and migration are shown to be erroneous. An integrated approach, simultaneously taking account of socioeconomic status, migration and ethnicity as well as other determinants of inequity, is essential if work on the social determinants of health is to make progress. Equity is indivisible; researchers investigating different aspects of social stratification should not treat each other as rivals, but as indispensible allies. An integrated, intersectional, multivariate and multilevel approach will improve our understanding of health inequities and make available more resources for tackling them.

Palavras-chave : ethnicity; health equity; migration; social determinants of health; socioeconomic status.

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