Globalization: The Perils and Possibilities for an Equitable Health Promotion

Ronald Labonte

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1. Understand the meaning and drivers of contemporary globalization, and how globalization affects health.

2. Examine income, wealth, and health inequality trends globally, and in Canada.

3. Explore the two main ways in which capitalist countries can reduce inequalities.

4. Understand the economic meaning of neo-liberalism, and how its three phases since the 1980s have affected health and health equity.

5. Examine the available policy options at national and global scales that can reduce wealth and health inequalities, and the role of the new Sustainable Development Goals in advancing action on these policy choices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Promotion in Canada
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research
EditorsIrving Rootman, Ann Pederson, Katherine L. Frolich, Sophie Dupéré
PublisherCanadian Scholars
Number of pages22
Edition4th edition
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-77338-008-7, 978-1-77338-007-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-77338-006-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • ethics
  • health promotion
  • health studies
  • contemporary globalization
  • health inequality trends
  • neo-liberalism
  • Sustainable Development Goals


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