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Structural Racism and Health Stratification: Connecting Theory to Measurement
February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Dr. Tyson Brown
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Center on Health & Society, Duke University.
Dr. Brown earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology at UF.
Registration is required. Organized by the UF Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, The Aggregate (sociology graduate student organization), The Syndicate (criminology and law graduate student organization), and the Florida Society for the Social Sciences, with funding from the department and UF Student Government.
Despite the centrality of structural explanations for understanding racialized inequality, few studies of the link between race and health have focused on structural racism. Moreover, there has often been a disconnect between the conceptualization of structural racism in the race theory literature and the measurement strategies used in population health research. Dr. Tyson Brown will present his ongoing research that combines survey data from older adults nationally with state-level measures of structural racism, including political, educational, economic, judicial and housing measures. By distilling the central tenets of structural racism theories and making them more concrete in a way that improves our ability to measure structural racism, Dr. Tyson Brown’s study demonstrates the utility of macro-level approaches to understanding the deleterious impact of racism on health.