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Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-118-73902-0
296 pages
July 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction explores health and biomedical topics from a range of critical geographic perspectives. Building on the field’s past engagement with social theory it extends the focus of health geography into new areas of enquiry.

  • Introduces key topics in health geography through clear and engaging examples and case studies drawn from around the world
  • Incorporates multi-disciplinary perspectives and approaches applied in the field of health geography
  • Identifies both health and biomedical issues as a central area of concern for critically oriented health geographers
  • Features material that is alert to questions of global scale and difference, and sensitive to the political and economic as well sociocultural aspects of health
  • Provides extensive pedagogic materials within the text and guidance for further study
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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables viii

List of Boxes ix

Notes on Contributors x

Foreword xii

1 Introduction 1
Tim Brown, Gavin J. Andrews, Steven Cummins, Beth Greenhough, Dan Lewis, Andrew Power

Part I Body, Health and Disease 21

2 The Body in Health Geography 23
Tim Brown

3 Health and Place 39
Gavin J. Andrews

Part II Changing Spaces of (Health) Care 57

4 Landscapes of Wellbeing 59
Gavin J. Andrews

5 (Re)Locating, Reforming and Providing Health Care 75
Gavin J. Andrews

6 Spaces of Care 95
Andrew Power

7 Post ]Asylum Geographies 114
Andrew Power

Part III Producing Health 135

8 Ecological Approaches to Public Health 137
Steve Cummins

9 Capturing Complexity 156
Dan Lewis

10 Interventions for Population Health 174
Steve Cummins

Part IV Emerging Geographies of Health and Biomedicine 191

11 Epidemics and Biosecurity 193
Beth Greenhough

12 Pharmaceuticalisation and Medical Research 215
Beth Greenhough

13 Health and Medical Tourism 234
Beth Greenhough

14 Global Health Geographies 251
Tim Brown


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Author Information

Tim Brown is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary University of London. He is co-editor of A Companion to Health and Medical Geography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals (Ashgate, 2015), and associate editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Gavin J. Andrews is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, Canada. His books include Aging and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice (2005), Primary Health Care: People, Practice, Place (2009), and Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (2012).

Steven Cummins is Professor of Population Health and NIHR Senior Fellow at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has published widely across the medical and social sciences on socio-environmental inequalities in health and health behaviour and the evaluation of health and social policies to reduce them.

Beth Greenhough is Associate Professor of Human Geography and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford. She is co-editor of Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals (Ashgate, 2015) and has authored papers on the biomedical sciences and their impact on society, bioethics, and the history of medical research.

Daniel Lewis is Research Fellow in Spatial Analysis at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a quantitative Health Geographer who is interested in the socio-spatial dimensions of health, welfare, and inequality.

Andrew Power is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. His research interests focus on the geographies of caregiving and disability, and the post-asylum geographies of mental health. He has published widely in leading journals as well as two recent books, Landscapes of care: Comparative Perspectives on Family Caregiving (Ashgate, 2010) and Active Citizenship and Disability: Implementing the Personalisation of Support (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

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