Chapter 27. Taking Inequality's Measure: Poverty, Displacement, Unemployment and Mental Health

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Kim Hopper

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch27

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Hopper, K. (2010) Taking Inequality's Measure: Poverty, Displacement, Unemployment and Mental Health, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch27

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214

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Keywords:

  • taking inequality's measure - poverty, displacement, unemployment and mental health;
  • globalization, redrawing contours of inequality and contexts of disadvantage;
  • psychiatry, dominated by neuroscience and genetics - psychosis-free zones of civilization discredited and largely abandoned;
  • ‘Macro-level’ variables, not only helping in shaping - the sort of people individuals become but also constraining the range;
  • social class and life stress - character of danger revisited;
  • Adolf Meyer's practice of charting a person's ‘story’ - through use of a ‘life chart’;
  • relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and psychiatric distress;
  • Life Events and Difficulties Schedule (LEDS);
  • unemployment, distinctive bequests of modernity;
  • dislocations associated with poverty - ‘planned’ mass displacements and way for commercial development

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reclaiming the Social

  • Social Class and Life Stress: The Character of Danger Revisited

  • Unemployment and Uncertain Work

  • Displacement and Residential Instability

  • Conclusion: Rethinking Poverty

  • References