“Place” and Health

  • Dula F. Pacquiao


Social inequalities are major determinants of health inequity. Social determinants of health are linked closely to social positions occupied by different population groups within local, national, and international contexts. One’s social place determines access to life conditions, environments, and resources as well as the capacity to exert control over one’s life, including one’s health. In this chapter, the relationships between classism, class oppression, and marginalization experienced by indigenous populations and manifested in their cumulative health vulnerability are presented. The concept of “place,” its relationship with social determinants of health and global health inequity, and significance in improving population health are explicated. Selected theoretical frameworks are offered to promote the understanding of the social pathways to health vulnerability among indigenous populations worldwide.


Indigenous populations Classism Class oppression Health determinants Social place 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dula F. Pacquiao
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  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of Hawaii at HiloHiloUSA
  2. 2.School of NursingRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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