Non-Representational Theory & Health: The Health in Life in Space-Time Revealing, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Non-Representational Theory & Health

The Health in Life in Space-Time Revealing, 1st Edition

By Gavin J. Andrews


192 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Geographies of Health Series

Geographies of Health Series
There is growing interest in the geographies of health and a continued interest in what has more traditionally been labeled medical geography. The traditional focus of ’medical geography’ on areas such as disease ecology, health service provision and disease mapping (all of which continue to reflect a mainly quantitative approach to inquiry) has evolved to a focus on a broader, theoretically informed epistemology of health geographies in an expanded international reach. As a result, we now find this subdiscipline characterized by a strongly theoretically-informed research agenda, embracing a range of methods (quantitative; qualitative and the integration of the two) of inquiry concerned with questions of: risk; representation and meaning; inequality and power; culture and difference, among others. Health mapping and modeling, has simultaneously been strengthened by the technical advances made in multilevel modeling, advanced spatial analytic methods and GIS, while further engaging in questions related to health inequalities, population health and environmental degradation. This series publishes superior quality research monographs and edited collections representing contemporary applications in the field; this encompasses original research as well as advances in methods, techniques and theories. The Geographies of Health series will capture the interest of a broad body of scholars, within the social sciences, the health sciences and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography