Education, Social Status and Health John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross Aldine de Gruyter: New York 0202307077 (pb) £24.50 vii + 242 Order this book? Mirowsky and Ross’s work ostensibly analyses the 1995 ‘Aging, Status, and Sense of Control’ US national telephone survey (and its 1998 follow-up, as well as some other survey sources). However, the book is most noticeable for its compelling arguments concerning the mechanisms through which education influences health in the contemporary US. The authors’ view is that gradations of educational experience stand out as strong and consistent correlates to measures of health; moreover, that education constitutes the single most important social influence upon health. The book has three preliminary chapters - an introduction which acts as executive summary; a dogmatic chapter 1 which outlines the main argument (that education gives individuals the preferences, abilities and resources to choose and maintain healthy lifestyles and experiences); and a background chapter containing numerous illustrations of the strong association between educational and health measures. In the core of the book, four chapters explore the multivariate mechanisms through which education apparently enhances health. Mirowsky and Ross highlight how greater educational experiences relates to a greater sense of personal control and
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Published: May 1, 2004
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