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Social mobility and Wellbeing: does ‘moving up’ lead to better health?

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Friday, March 10, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Exeter College, Turl St, Oxford, OX1 3DP
Cohen Quad (Walton St), Seminar Room 2 / Kloppenberg Room

Karin Eli (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford)

and

Stanley Ulijaszek (Professor of Human Ecology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford)

Social mobility and wellbeing: does ‘moving up’ lead to better health?

In this presentation, we will examine associations between social class in childhood, social class in adulthood, and adult wellbeing, as measured through a new socio-epidemiological questionnaire developed at the School of Anthropology in collaboration with the Oxford BioBank. The discussion will focus on how classed childhood experiences, including social mobility, may mediate, and even invert, expected relationships between health and adult social class, with particular attention to body weight, eating practices, and distress.

Contact name: 
Christina de Bellaigue
Audience: 
Open to all