By M. Rostila
Drawing on cross-national eu info from the eu Social Survey in addition to Swedish nationwide survey facts and registers, this publication investigates social capital in terms of overall healthiness and future health inequalities in eu welfare states.
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Finally, it should also be mentioned that the welfare regime concept described by Esping-Andersen (1990) has been criticized because of the absence of a gender perspective that considers the relationship between unpaid as well as paid work and welfare (Lewis, 1992; Orloff, 1993). 1. 1 Social capital and health in a welfare state context 14 Social Capital and Health Inequality a current gap in the literature that has so far neglected the contribution of welfare states for the social capital–health relationship.
Finally, the chapter shows some empirical evidence on the relationship between social capital and health in European welfare states. These ﬁndings show the overall ecological association between social capital and health. However, they also suggest whether the social capital–health relationship follows a welfare state pattern; that is, whether clusters of countries belonging to certain welfare regimes have both low social capital and poor health. Chapters 5 and 6 are focused on social capital and health/health inequality in European welfare states.
Furthermore, she claimed that health researchers have forced a fragment of Bourdieu’s theory (1986) into models based in an existing communitarian approach. However, focusing on neighbourhoods as units within which social capital has its effects omits broader social issues, which are the basis of Bourdieu’s broader theory of different forms of capital. Finally, it might also be questioned whether health researchers have somewhat overemphasized the signiﬁcance of Bourdieu’s theory in the revival of a resource-based notion of social capital.
Social Capital and Health Inequality in European Welfare States by M. Rostila