Health by association

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    In their recent account of the relationship between social capital and the political economy of public health,1 Simon Szreter and Michael Woolcock distinguish between two different forms of social capital—‘bonding’ social capital and ‘bridging’ social capital—and identify a specialized form of bridging social capital called ‘linking social capital’, which is distinguished from other manifestations of bridging social capital by its emphasis on the construction of relationships between acknowledged social unequals. Their theoretical argument is buttressed by a historical case-study of the relationship between social action and the decline of mortality in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)488-490
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


    • social capital
    • social unequals
    • political economy


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