A Comparative Sociology of Gypsy Traveller Health in the UK

Millan, Miranda and Smith, David M. (2019) A Comparative Sociology of Gypsy Traveller Health in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (3). p. 379. ISSN 1660-4601

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030379

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a series of health-related studies undertaken between 2012 and 2017 with Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers living in different locations and in various forms of accommodation in southern England. These set out to develop a sociological understanding of the factors impacting on the health and wellbeing of members of those communities and to consider the extent health status is shaped by ethno-cultural and/or socioeconomic factors, and the interplay and direction of causal processes between them. The relative influences of cultural and structural factors in generating health inequalities have important implications for engaging marginalised populations in health services and preventative programmes. This paper will present survey and qualitative data on Gypsies’ and Travellers’ health beliefs and practices to understand how those beliefs and practices have developed in different social contexts as responses to deeper social mechanisms, and share commonalities with other marginalised and excluded social groups. In policy terms this indicates the need for health interventions that are applied proportionate to the level of disadvantage experienced thus ensuring equality and fairness while accounting for diversity and difference.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Romany Gypsy, Irish Traveller, comparative sociology, social determinants of health, accommodation
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 11:11
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 11:11
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704085

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