Mortality in Ghent, 1850-1950. A social analysis of death.
Is death unjust? Do rich people live longer than poor people? Research for the city of Ghent has succeeded in eluding this issue. During the nineteenth and twentieth century there was an important social differentiation of death. This inequality increased until the beginning of the past century, due to a growing infant and child mortality caused by bad feeding habits and a widespread use of child labour.