Toward some fundamentals of fundamental causality: Socioeconomic status and health in the routine clinic visit for diabetes

Karen Lutfey*, Jeremy Freese

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Abstract

The concept of "fundamental causality" has gained increasing attention as a way of understanding the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and health outcomes. Using enthnographic data from a comparative study of two diabetes clinics, the authors further develop the fundamental cause concept in three ways. First, they provide an exposition of the constituent claims implied by an assertion of fundamental causality. Second, they show how ethnographic data can be used to explicate such claims by showing some of the mechanisms that might operate to preserve the fundamental relationship in diabetes treatment regimens. Finally, they offer elaborations and refinements of the fundamental cause concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1326-1372
Number of pages47
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Volume110
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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