The field of social inequalities in health continues its vigorous growth in the early years of the 21st century. This volume, following in the footsteps of Vicente Navarro's edited collection The Political Economy of Social Inequalities, is a compilation of recent contributions to the areas of social epidemiology, health disparities, health economics, and health services research. The overarching theme is to describe and explain the evergrowing health inequalities across social class, race, and gender, as well as neighborhood, city, region, country, and continent. The approach of this book is distinctly multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary: the fields of public health, population health, epidemiology, economics, sociology, political science, philosophy, medicine, and history are all represented here.

Introduction: Toward an Integrated Political, Economic, and Cultural Understanding of Health Inequalities Vicente Navarro and Carles Muntaner

PART I Social Policy
 Development and Quality of Life: A Critique of Amartya Sen's Development As Freedom Vicente Navarro
 Gender Equity and the Population Problem Amartya Sen
 Inequality in the Social Consequences of Illness: How Well Do People with Long-Term Illness Fare in the British and Swedish Labor Markets? Bo Burstriöm, Margaret Whitehead, Christina Lindholm, and Finn Diderichsen
 Economic Growth, Inequality, and the Economic Position of the Poor in 1985-1995: An International Perspective Olli Kangas
 Cross-National Income Inequality: How Great Is It and What Can We Learn from It? Timothy M. Smeeding and Peter Gottschalk
 Inequality as a Basis for the U.S. Emergence from the Great Stagnation Robert Chernomas

PART II Globalization
 The Scorecard on Globalization 1980-2000: Its Consequences for Economic and Social Well-Being Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, Egor Kraev, and Judy Chen
 The Widening Gap in Death Rates among Income Groups in the United States from 1967 to 1986 Lisa Miller Schalick, Wilbur C. Hadden, Elsie Pamuk, Vicente Navarro, and Gregory Pappas
 Dependent Convergence: The Importation of Technological Hazards by Semiperipheral Countries Carlos Eduardo Siqueira and Charles Levenstein
 How the United States Exports Managed Care to Developing Countries Howard Waitzkin and Celia Iriart

PART III Health Policy
 The New Conventional Wisdom: An Evaluation of the WHO Report Health Systems: Improving Performance Yvonne Wells and David de Vaus
 Cost Containment and the Backdraft of Competition Policies Donald W. Light
 Upstream Healthy Public Policy: Lessons from the Battle of Tobacco John B. McKinlay and Lisa D. Marceau

PART IV Health Care
 Phases of Capitalism, Welfare States, Medical Dominance, and Health Care in Ontario David Coburn
 Does Investor-Ownership of Nursing Homes Compromise the Quality of Care? Charlene Harrington, Steffie Woolhandler, Joseph Mullan, Hellen Carrillo, and David U. Himmelstein
 Hospital Ownership and Preventable Adverse Events Eric J. Thomas, E. John Orav, and Troyen A. Brennan
 Social Inequalities in Perceived Health and the Use of Health Services in a Southern European Urban Area Carme Borrell, Izabella Rohlfs, Josep Ferrando, Isabel Pasarín, Felicitas Domínguez-Berjón, and Antoni Plasència

PART V Occupational Health and Labor Unions
 Health Care Worker's Unions and Health Insurance: The 1199 Story Howard S. Berliner, Geoffrey Gibson, and Cyprian Devine-Perez
 Role of Trade Unions in Workplace Health Promotion Mauri Johansson and Timo Partanen
 One-Eyed Science: Scientists, Workplace Reproductive Hazards, and the Right to Work Karen Messing
 Labor, Social, and Human Rights A Case Studies of Violations of Workers' Freedom of Association: Service Sector Workers
 B Case Studies of Violations of Workers' Freedom of Association: Manufacturing Workers Human Rights Watch

PART VI Social Capital versus Class, Gender, and Race
 A Critique of Social Capital Vicente Navarro
 Economic Inequality, Working-Class Power, Social Capital, and Cause-Specific Mortality in Wealthy Countries Carles Muntaner, John W. Lynch, Marianne Hillemeier, Ju Hee Lee, Richard David, Joan Benach, and Carme Borrell
 Social Capital, Disorganized Communities, and the Third Way: Understanding the Retreat from Structural Inequalities in Epidemiology and Public Health Carles Muntaner, John Lynch, and George Davey Smith
 Community Health Centers and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Healthy Life Leiyu Shi, Jerrilynn Regan, Robert M. Politzer, and Jue Luo
 Gender, Race, Class, and Aging: Advances and Opportunities Paula Dressel, Meredith Minkler, and Irene Yen

PART VII Ideology, Theory, and Research Policy
 People and Places: Contrasting Perspectives on the Association between Social Class and Health George A. Kaplan
 A Debate on Race, Racism, Health, and Epidemiology A Race in Epidemiology Paul D. Stolley
 B Refiguring "Race": Epidemiology, Racialized Biology, and Biological Expressions of Race Relations Nancy Krieger
 C On the Study of Race, Racism, and Health: A Shift from Description to Explanation Thomas A. LaVeist
 D Reply to Commentaries by Drs. Krieger and LaVeist on "Race in Epidemiology" Paul D. Stolley
 Anti-Egalitarianism, Legitimizing Myths, Racism, and "Neo-McCarthyism" in Social Epidemiology and Public Health: A Review of Sally Satel's PC, MD Carles Muntaner and Marisela B. Gomez
 Whose Epidemiology, Whose Health? Steve Wing
 Conclusion: Political and Economic Determinants of Class, Gender, and Race Inequalities in Health-An Agenda for the 21st Century Vicente Navarro and Carles Muntaner