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

ISBN 9781472483102
Published February 21, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - New Intellectual Energies: The Emergence and Basis of Non-Representational Theory, Chapter Two - Rethinking Health: From What it Means to How it Becomes, Chapter Three - Key Conceptualizations in More-than-Representational Health Geographies, Chapter Four - A Mode of Health Transmission: Affective Health Geographies, Chapter Five - Characteristic Styles and Priorities of More-than-Representational Health Geographies, Chapter Six - Rethinking Movement in Health Geography: From a Change of Location to Movement-Space, Chapter Seven - Qualities of Movement-Spaces in More-than-Representational Health Geographies, Chapter Eight - Research Practices and Future Directions

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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.