'What else can you expect from class-ridden Britain?' The Whitehall studies and health inequalities, 1968 to c.2010

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Abstract

The Whitehall studies of British civil servants, running from 1968 until the present day, are some of the most influential in twentieth century public health. Believing that the stratification that they observed among civil servants was replicated in wider society through the class system, the Whitehall researchers argued that inequality was a powerful force in society, literally embodied by incidence of disease. But as politicians and sociologists questioned the continuing relevance of class, this article explores how these studies reflected and were in conversation with prevailing social attitudes about inequality in end-of-century Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary British History
Early online date30 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • health inequalities
  • Whitehall studies
  • class
  • stress
  • heart disease

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