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Rostila, M. (2013). Social Capital and Health Inequality in European Welfare States

This book sets out unique findings on whether social capital influences health and health inequalities in European welfare states. Drawing on cross-national data from the European Social Survey (ESS) as well as Swedish national survey data and registers, the book develops a new theoretical definition of social capital that guides the books empirical studies.

The findings suggest that welfare state generosity is a decisive factor for social capital and that social capital is of significance for health inequalities both between and within European welfare states. The book also discusses the potential dark sides of social capital and examines evidence of circumstances in which social capital has negative health externalities.


Introduction Theoretical Foundations of Social Capital in Health Research Social Capital and Welfare: Do Universal Welfare State 'Crowd Out' or Stimulate Social Capital? Social Capital and Health: Mechanisms and Empirical Findings Health Inequalities by Education in European Welfare Regimes: The Contribution of Individual Social Capital Health Inequalities Between European Welfare Regimes: The Contribution of Collective Social Capital Social Capital and health Inequality in the Social-Democratic Swedish Welfare State The Dark Sides of Social Capital: Homophily and Closure of Immigrants Social Networks in the Swedish Welfare State Concluding Discussion


Rostila, Mikael

Mikael Rostila is associate professor of sociology and manages the project "Work life and health among people with foreign background - the effects of segregation, status incongruence and adverse work environment", financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR). He also holds a post-...

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