The Resource Adding Insult to Injury : How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health, Elise Robertson

Adding Insult to Injury : How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health, Elise Robertson

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Adding Insult to Injury : How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health
Title
Adding Insult to Injury
Title remainder
How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health
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Elise Robertson
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How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health
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eng
Summary
Health outcomes are strongly tied to social class. Childhood environment, level of education, income, and even neighborhood characteristics are strongly correlated with negative health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stress, and others. Despite extensive research chronicling these structural factors, federal, state, and community initiatives to combat these issues target individuals as actors responsible for enacting change through their personal choices, ignoring the systemic barriers that many people face to make healthy decisions. Tying Bourdieu's theory of class distinction, system justification, and neoliberal theory, I conducted and analyzed 11 qualitative, semi-structured interviews with Americans of varied class backgrounds. These were analyzed to understand whether individuals perceive health outcomes as the result of neoliberal choice or of structural conditions of socioeconomic positioning, which for the purposes of this study is measured primarily as a combination of income and education. The results suggest that individuals with lower income and education characterize obstacles to health as a result of their personal choices, reflecting a subscription to neoliberal ideology which mandates rational choice and personal responsibility. Individuals with lower socioeconomic status were also more likely to state positive attitudes of doctors and medical professionals despite negative experiences with them, reflecting the structural limitations of low capital. In contrast, those with higher income and education tend to characterize obstacles to health as a result of deficiencies in the health care system, class advantages, and the economic cost of a healthy lifestyle, as well as hold more negative views of doctors, reflecting the high capital that allows them mitigate poor medical care. This study did not find race, gender, or age to have a meaningful systemic effect on either individuals' subscription to neoliberal ideology or their trust in doctors, but these variables may have effects that could be observed in a larger sample
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UMK
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1992-
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Robertson, Elise
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M.A.
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(Department of Sociology).
Dissertation year
2019.
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University of Missouri-Kansas City,
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Smirnova, Michelle
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  • Neoliberalism
  • Poor
  • Poor
  • Health behavior
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Adding Insult to Injury : How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health, Elise Robertson
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  • "A thesis in Sociology ."
  • Advisor: Michelle Smirnova
  • Vita
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-71)
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Recruitment Flier -- Appendix B.Interview Guide -- Appendix C. Code Book -- Appendix D. IRB
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1135485356
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1 online resource (72 pages)
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online
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mixed
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)1135485356
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  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Adding Insult to Injury : How Neoliberal Ideology Convinces the Disadvantaged to Blame Themselves for Poor Health, Elise Robertson
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A thesis in Sociology ."
  • Advisor: Michelle Smirnova
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-71)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Recruitment Flier -- Appendix B.Interview Guide -- Appendix C. Code Book -- Appendix D. IRB
Control code
1135485356
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (72 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1135485356
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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