1st Edition

Non-Representational Theory & Health The Health in Life in Space-Time Revealing

By Gavin J. Andrews Copyright 2018
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Non-representational theory is an academic approach that animates the active world; its taking-place. It shows how material, sensory and affective processes combine with conscious thought and agency in the making of everyday life.

    This book offers an agenda for health geography, providing the first comprehensive overview of what a ‘more-than-representational’ health geography looks like. It outlines the basis of a new ontological understanding of health, and explores the key qualities of ‘movement-space’ that are critical to how health emerges within the assemblages that enable it.

    It shows how non-representational events and concerns are key to human happiness and wellbeing, to the experience of health and disease, to activities that add to or detract from health and to health care work, not to mention to the broader initiatives and operation of health institutions and health sciences.    

    This book bridges the gap between non-representational theory and health research, and provides the groundwork for future developments in the field. It will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals alike working in health, geography and a range of other disciplines.

    1 New intellectual energies: the emergence and basis of non-representational theory  2 Rethinking health: from what it means to how it becomes  3 Key conceptualizations in more-than-representational health geographies  4 A mode of health transmission: affective health geographies  5 Characteristic styles and priorities of more-than-representational health geographies  6 Rethinking movement in health geography: from a change of location to movement-space  7 Qualities of movement-spaces in more-than-representational health geographies  8 Research practices and future directions


    Gavin J. Andrews is Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society and Associate Member of the School of Geography at McMaster University, Canada.