Bourdieu does environmental justice? Probing the linkages between population health and air pollution epidemiology

Health Place. 2007 Mar;13(1):3-13. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2005.09.008. Epub 2005 Nov 3.


The environmental justice literature faces a number of conceptual and methodological shortcomings. The purpose of this paper is to probe ways in which these shortcomings can be remedied via recent developments in related literatures: population health and air pollution epidemiology. More sophisticated treatment of social structure, particularly if based on Pierre Bourdieu's relational approach to forms of capital, can be combined with the methodological rigour and established biological pathways of air pollution epidemiology. The aim is to reformulate environmental justice research in order to make further meaningful contributions to the wider movement concerned with issues of social justice and equity in health research.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution* / economics
  • Air Pollution* / ethics
  • Effect Modifier, Epidemiologic
  • Environmental Health* / economics
  • Environmental Health* / ethics
  • Epidemiologic Research Design*
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Residence Characteristics / classification*
  • Social Justice*
  • Social Support*
  • Socioeconomic Factors