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PhD, Professor Catalin ZAMFIR, Romanian Academy Member

PhD, Professor Asher BEN-ARIEH, Director of Haruv Institute, Ierusalim, Israel

PhD, Professor Gary B. MELTON, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

PhD, Professor John LUTZKER, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

PhD, Professor Michael J. PALMIOTTO, Wichita State University, Kansas, USA

PhD, Professor Jill KORBIN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA

Professor Keith HALEY, Tiffin University, Ohio, USA

PhD, Professor Jimmy TAYLOR, Ohio University, Zanesville, Ohio, USA

PhD, Professor Andrea WIGFIELD, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

PhD, Professor Elizabeth ECKERMANN, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

PhD, Professor Renwu TANG, Dean of School of Management, Dean of Academy of Government at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

PhD, Professor Amitabh KUNDU, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , India

PhD, Professor Claude MARTIN, Scientific Director of CNRS, Rennes University, France

PhD, Professor Munyae M. MULINGE, United States International University (USIU), Nairobi, Kenya

PhD, Professor Manuel Antonio GARRETON, Chile University, Santiago de Chile, Chile

PhD, Professor Renata FRANC, Social Science Institute "Ivo Pilar", Zagreb, Croatia

PhD, Professor Asun LLENA BERNE, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

PhD, Professor Nawab Ali KHAN, Saman bin Abduaziz University, Al Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

PhD, Professor Nicolae SALI, "Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova", Chisinau, Moldova

PhD, Professor Mihaela TOMIŢĂ, "Universitatea de Vest", Timisoara

PhD, Professor Valeriu IOAN-FRANC, Director Adjunct al Institutului National de Cercetari Economice

PhD, Professor Corina CACE, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies

PhD, Professor Mircea ALEXIU, "Universitatea de Vest", Timisoara

PhD, Professor Stefan COJOCARU, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi


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Print: 1582-8344

Electronic: 2247-6571


Articles:
WORKFORCE COST EFFECTS ON PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY AND SATISFACTION IN ORGANISATIONS
Andries J. du PLESSIS, Pieter S. NEL, Josefino SAN DIEGO
CONSUMPTION, CONSUMER CULTURE AND CONSUMER SOCIETY
Aytekin FIRAT, Kemal Y. KUTUCUOGLU, Isil ARIKAN SALTIK, Ozgur TUNCEL


THE USEFULNESS OF HEALTH DISPARITY: STUMBLING BLOCKS IN THE PATH TO SOCIAL EQUITY

Abstract
Health disparities in the United States have declined little over the past century despite far-reaching technological advances and, especially since the 1980s, heightened consciousness of the problem. Their persistence can be explained in large part by their usefulness to those who hold and seek to consolidate power. Among other things, health disparities help in bolstering master-subservient relationships; shoring up the ideology of rugged individualism; maintaining bureaucratic structures and jobs; providing plausible public enemies; monitoring upstream social ills; and sustaining a flow of research funding. Conditions likely necessary for ameliorating health disparities include open and mutual recognition of several often veiled realities concerning power relations: money equals power; power translates into access to resources; those who hold power are reluctant to part with it; those who lack power serve as convenient scapegoats; and institutions evolve so as to ensure their own survival. Health disparity will remain exceedingly difficult to eradicate so long as health inequities continue to perform useful functions in ways that seem cost effective for groups and individuals seeking to secure their power. A readiness to work around stumbling blocks in the path to equity-arrived at via frank and equitable discourse among community members and leaders in pursuit of vital community goals-will likely hinge upon heightened awareness not only of the cumulative economic burden imposed by health inequality but also of the extent to which even the most powerful are intrinsically dependent upon other members of the community.
Keywords
health disparities; healthcare reform; minority health; politics; power relations.

Author
A. Henry ELIASSEN
PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown, 1 Main Street, N1067, Houston, TX 77002-1014, USA. Tel: 713-221-2763. Fax: 713-221-8144. E-mail: eliassena@uhd.edu

How to cite
Eliassen, H. (2013). THE USEFULNESS OF HEALTH DISPARITY: STUMBLING BLOCKS IN THE PATH TO SOCIAL EQUITY, Journal of Community Positive Practices, Nr. 1/2013, 3-25


Acknowledgement for editing contribution to Grace OGILBY, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, USA


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