Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 284 pages
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For the first time, life expectancy is declining in an industrialized society. In this pioneering work, William C. Cockerham examines the social causes of the decline in life expectancy beginning in the 1960s including:
*Russia
*Poland
*Hungary
*Romania
*Bulgaria
*the Czech Republic
*and East Germany.
Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe argues that the roots of this change are mainly social rather than biomedical - the result of poor policy decisions, stress and an unhealthy diet. Cockerham presents a theory of postmodern social change that goes beyond the borders of Eastern Europe.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Social Determinants of the Decline in Longevity
29
Health Lifestyles A Theoretical Perspective
53
Russia Life Expectancy and Social Change
81
Russia The Current Health Crisis
99
Hungary
123
Poland
143
The Czech Republic and Slovakia
169
Bulgaria
211
East Germany
227
Conclusion
245
Appendix
253
References
255
Subject Index
277
Author Index
282
Copyright

Romania
193

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WILLIAM C. COCKERHAM is Professor of Sociology, Medicine, and Public health; Chair of the Sociology Department; and Co-Director of the Program in Social Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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