A Companion to Health and Medical Geography by Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

By Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

This Companion offers a complete account of wellbeing and fitness and scientific geography and methods the most important topics and key subject matters from numerous angles.<ul type="disc">• deals a different breadth of issues when it comes to either health and wellbeing and scientific geography• comprises contributions from a number of students from emerging stars to confirmed, the world over well known authors• offers an up to date assessment of the country of the sub-discipline• Thematically geared up sections supply special debts of particular concerns and mix common overviews of the present literature with case research material• Chapters hide issues on the leading edge of the sub-discipline, together with rising and re-emerging illnesses, the politics of affliction, psychological and emotional healthiness, landscapes of melancholy, and the geography of care

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In the first, the specific, material sites where the study is undertaken are central. The second category – “landscapes” – has involved analysis of multiple layers of meaning present in particular environments, and in so doing has helped to move health geography from an overtly quantitative emphasis towards a position of methodological pluralism. The third, multilevel analysis, is an effective method for identifying and quantifying some important connections between place and health. Health A key focus in health geography is, self-evidently perhaps, health as something more than the absence of medically defined ailments.

2006). Others, less likely to identify as health geographers, have nonetheless extended the remit of health geography through investigating common, yet often neglected and trivialized, psychological problems. Phobias, addictions, and compulsive disorders impact significantly upon people and their wellbeing, and involve, at times, distinct spatial practices (Davidson 2005; Doel & Segrott 2003; Wilton & DeVerteuil 2006). Placing Theory, Locating Criticality Health geography is ultimately characterized by more than attention to place and wellbeing, however.

A renewed emphasis on theory alone, however, does not characterize health geography. Rather, another point that distinguishes, but does not divorce, health geography from its medical forebear is its frequently critical orientation. Critical inquiry Critical geography is broadly characterized by concern for domination and resistance, opposition to oppressive relations, advocacy of social justice, and commitment to the development and application of theory in the pursuit of activist and leftist goals (Blomley 2006).

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