A sociological model of health lifestyles: Conducting a preliminary test with russian data

Academic Article


  • This paper examines the fundamental assumptions of a health lifestyle model developed by William Cockerham that draws upon the contributions of Max Weber and Pierre Bourdieu to lifestyle theory. Utilizing Russian data from the Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health (LLH) survey, a preliminary test is conducted of the strength of the model's core categories of structural variables: 1) class circumstances; 2) age, gender, and race/ethnicity; 3) collectivities, and 4) living conditions. Although Russian data is not conducive to producing outcomes that would be expected with data from Western countries, these data supported the basic parameters of the model. Further analyses are needed of the complete health lifestyles paradigm using data from Western populations, but these results nevertheless are relevant in establishing directions for future research.
  • Author List

  • Cockerham WC; Hinote BP; Abbott P
  • Volume

  • 58
  • Issue

  • SUPPL. 46