Book Launch Celebration with Jason Beckfield

photos: Claudette Agustin

Political Sociology and the People’s Health

Part of the Small Books, Big Ideas in Population Health series edited by Professor Nancy Krieger, PhD

by Jason Beckfield, PhD

Harvard Sociology Professor and Associate Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

“A social epidemiologist looks at health inequalities in terms of the upstream factors that produced them. A political sociologist sees these same inequalities as products of institutions that unequally allocate power and social goods. Neither is wrong — but can the two talk to one another? In a stirring new synthesis, Political Sociology and the People’s Health advances the debate over social inequalities in health by offering a new set of provocative hypotheses around how health is distributed in and across populations. It joins political sociology’s macroscopic insights into social policy, labor markets, and the racialized and gendered state with social epidemiology’s conceptualizations and measurements of populations, etiologic periods, and distributions.” published by Oxford University Press

This event is over, but below are the details of the event.

We’re Celebrating our Associate Director’s New Book with a Reception and Book Signing Event

  • Welcome and opening remarks by Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman
  • Social Epidemiology Professor and Series Editor Nancy Krieger will introduce the Small Books, Big Ideas in Population Health series
  • Author Jason Beckfield will give a brief talk and then sign books.  Copies will be available for a discounted price of $20.00 (cash or check only) until the supply runs out. A discount code for 30% off is available if books sell out at the event, or if someone prefers to purchase online. Refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Square, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge

CONTACT: Claudette Agustin tel: 617-495-8498

Head shot of Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield, PhD

Professor Jason Beckfield is chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University and the associate director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He holds a PhD in sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2006, Beckfield was assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Chicago. His areas of specialty include the comparative political economy of population health, regional integration, globalization, stratification, and economic sociology. Conceptually, he is interested in how social and political institutions shape structures of inequality, both within and between national societies.

 This event is part of the Worldwide Week at Harvard