Geographies of Health Inequality

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This entry demonstrates that there are distinct and rising geographical inequalities in health at a range of scales from the global to the local levels. Spatial inequalities in health are of long standing and have been monitored in the United Kingdom since at least Victorian times. It is clear that social, political, and economic forces matter greatly for understanding both social and spatial inequalities in health. Geographical explanations for the spatial polarization of health and why this divide is growing are multifaceted, and include features relating to the ecological, social, and built environments that operate over the life course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
Pages710 -717
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2014


  • environment and society
  • geography
  • inequality
  • neighborhoods
  • stratification and inequality


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