Table of Contents

Explanations, philosophy and theory in health inequalities research: towards a critical realist approach.
Values and social epidemiologic research.
Population-based data and community empowerment.
Differences that matter.
Context.
Place-based stress and chronic disease: a systems view of environmental determinants.
How goes the neighbourhood? Rethinking neighbourhoods and health research in social epidemiology.
Application of two schools of social theory to neighbourhood, place and health research.
Locating politics in social epidemiology.
Research tools in action.
Structural violence and structural vulnerability within the risk environment: theoretical and methodological perspectives for a social epidemiology of HIV risk among injection drug users and sex workers.
Realist review methods for complex health problems.
Addressing health equalities in social epidemiology: learning from evaluation(s).
Making a difference.
Knowledge translation and social epidemiology: taking power, politics and values seriously.
Community-academic partnerships and social change.
Producing more relevant evidence: applying a social epidemiology research agenda to public health practice. To date, much of the empirical work in social epidemiology has demonstrated the existence of health inequalities along a number of axes of social differentiation. However, this research, in isolation, will not inform effective solutions to health inequalities. Rethinking Social Epidemiology provides an expanded vision of social epidemiology as a science of change, one that seeks to better address key questions related to both the causes of social inequalities in health (problem-focused research) as well as the implementation of interventions to alleviate conditions of marginalization and pover.