About this book
Social capital is a widely acknowledged candidate for implementing beneficial
democratic processes and promoting public health. Healthy ties. Social capital,
population health and survival traces the path from the conceptualization to
the implementation of social capital. To provide empirical proof of the effects
of social capital on public health is a serious challenge and the main focus
of the book. In the Nordic countries, personal identification codes linking
data from various sources, nation-wide population registers, nationally representative
and re-tested health surveys, and the long tradition of epidemiology submit
to serve well the research into social capital and public health. Up-to-date
longitudinal data on social capital and health outcomes are carefully described
and reviewed in this book. In Finland, the Swedish-speaking minority is very
long-lived and has better health as compared with the Finnish-speaking majority.
Well aware of the rule of thumb that minorities do worse than their respective
majorities in terms of well-being and health, the author presents this exceptional
phenomenon as an excellent area for social capital and public health research.
Healthy ties. Social capital, population health and survival should inspire
scholars, researchers, teachers and advanced students in social epidemiology
and public health, and lead to new interventions in promoting health.
Content Level » Research
Keywords » cultural capital - prospective - public health - social capital - social epidemiology
Related subjects » Biomedical Sciences - Medicine - Public Health - Social Sciences
Table of contents
Preface.1.What is social capital?- 2. Definitions and forms of social capital.- 3. Measuring social capital.- 4. Social participation.- 5. How does cultural participation contribute to social capital?- 6. Social trust, mistrust and reciprocity.- 7. Cross-sectional studies of social capital and health.- 8. Prospective longitudinal surveys.- 9. Healthy communities.- 10. Social capital and health from cradle to grave.- 11. Gendering social capital and population health.- 12. Health-related behaviors.- 13. Proposed biological mediating mechanisms.- 14. Emergent social capital.- 15. Implications.- Closing remarks.- References.