This edited collection has an ambitious scope. It aims to bring the philosophical tradition of justice together with the largely empirical body of work on health inequalities across subject and methodological disciplines. Focusing predominantly on the health and policy context of the USA, the volume is organised in three parts, each made up of three to four collected contributor chapters. Part 1 (chapters 1 to 4) is largely theoretical, part 2 (chapters 5 to 7) is based on specific empirical case studies, and part 3 (chapters 8 to 11) concentrates on policy. The editors have organised the collection as a conversation, resulting in a lengthy introduction to establish the nature of these conversations. Chapters frequently refer to the work presented by other contributors, and in one case a writer draws explicitly on the data and findings used in another chapter. The result of this is that, despite the wide-ranging nature of the collected writings, there is an overall narrative coherence that some edited collections lack. This review is structured to reflect the conversational style of the book by drawing attention to connections and contrasts between chapters.
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- health inequalities