Weathering Social Climate Change and Austerity Urbanism

Start: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

End: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Domenici 3010

Dr. Geronimus will discuss how the decades old high priority national public health objective of eliminating racial/ethnic health inequality remains seemingly impervious to efforts and intentions. Disciplinary compartmentalization and lack of clarity or consensus on central constructs – most prominently including race/ethnicity, itself -- importantly contribute to this dilemma. Models emphasizing the dynamic, relational, and contingent nature of race or ethnicity have been theorized, yet few empirical studies of health inequality draw on this theoretical base. Extending earlier work framed by the weathering hypothesis to the context of austerity urbanism, a case is developed for viewing the structured and contingent nature of race or ethnicity as a mutable trigger that differentially activates stress processes to affect health in poor or racialized groups. 

Publication Date: 
Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 12:00pm