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Mel Bartley
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What have political interference in research & Harvey Weinstein got in common
I don't suppose anyone will have trouble guessing the answer: neither the existence of sex pests in show business (for heavens sake) nor the existence of political considerations in academic work are anything new. In the case of abuse in show business, what...
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What happened to health inequality in England & Wales after 1991?
Someone asked me what has happened to health inequality between social class groups (not areas) between 1991 and the present time. I said I would post something about this, taken from my book "Health Inequality: An Introduction". To start with, lets have a ...
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Organising academic work
Recent exchanges about research careers have motivated me to update the blog I rather lightheartedly wite some time ago abut oganizing academic work. I have long wondered why academic employment should not just obey the same regulations as any other kind of...
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A sociological approach to the relationship between research and policy.
There is so much about "impact" that takes what I think is a naive approach. Here is a rather old attempt I once made to apply a more sociological approach to the relationship between research and policy. Here is was applied to "Evidence Based Medicine " (E...
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Mayhew and Smith “An investigation into inequalities in
adult lifespan” The Introduction to this paper states that “the gap in life expectancy
between the shortest and longest lived is widening for the first time since the
late 1870s”. The widening is attri...
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Why it is hard to tell if health inequality in UK is increasing or decreasing
One of the things I was most annoyed by while revising my book on health inequality was the discontinuity in some of the sources of data. Perhaps the most important of these is the interruption to the series on class differences in mortality that goes back ...
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An example of qualitative work?
I promised to give an example of what I thought might be one approach to doing qualitative research on health inequality in an unfamiliar culture. This came from merely a conversation I once had with someone from Hong Kong who insisted there was no such thi...
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Are health inequalities less marked during "youth"?
Someone tweeted me a question about the famous (some years ago) "Health Equalization in Youth" hypothesis and I said it would take more than 140 characters to reply. So here it is in a few more characters For a start it is called "Health Equalization" becau...
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