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      Invited commentary: On the future of social epidemiology--a case for scientific realism.

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          In their article in this issue of the Journal (Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178(6):843-849), Galea and Link identify important heuristics for our discipline. In this commentary, I build upon their ideas by arguing that (1) social epidemiology has become an Asian, European, Latin American, and African rather than just North American endeavor, (2) realism is better suited to social epidemiology than positivism, (3) more work on social mechanisms (social class relations, racial discrimination) is needed to increase the explanatory power of social epidemiology, (4) increased attention on (social) causal models will generate more innovative social interventions, and (5) social interventions should be conducted in full partnerships with affected populations.

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          Journal
          Am. J. Epidemiol.
          American journal of epidemiology
          Oxford University Press (OUP)
          1476-6256
          0002-9262
          Sep 15 2013
          : 178
          : 6
          Article
          kwt143
          10.1093/aje/kwt143
          24008904
          01010187-6a37-42ab-8856-25dc86af1688

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