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Place, Health, and Diversity

Learning from the Canadian Experience, 1st Edition

Edited by Melissa D. Giesbrecht, Valorie A. Crooks


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Although health equity and diversity-focussed research has begun to gain momentum, there is still a paucity of research from health geographers that explicitly explores how geographic factors, such as place, space, scale, community, and location, inform multiple axes of difference. Such axes can include residential location, age, sex, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, religion, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, education level, and immigration status. Specifically focussing on Canada’s rapidly changing society, which is becoming increasingly pluralized and diverse, this book examines the place-health-diversity intersection in this national context. Health geographers are well positioned to offer a valuable contribution to diversity-focussed research because place is inextricably linked to differential experiences of health. For example, access to health care and health promoting services and resources is largely influenced by where one is physically and socially situated within the web of diversity. Furthermore, applying geographic concepts like place, in both the physical and social sense, allows researchers to explore multiple axes of difference simultaneously. Such geographic perspectives, as presented in this book, offer new insights into what makes diverse people, in diverse places, with access to diverse resources (un)healthy in different ways in Canada and beyond.


’We live in an increasingly diverse and complex world where culture, tolerance, acceptance and difference run alongside disempowerment, intolerance, social and spatial inequity. If you want to understand how these axes of difference intersect with place, health and healthcare then read this thought-provoking edited volume. Though geographically anchored in the highly diverse Canadian landscape, the carefully crafted case studies and theoretical insights illustrate the importance of taking a diversity-focused approach to health geography that goes well beyond the Canadian context.’ Christine Milligan, Lancaster University, UK ’Although there has been much research published in health geography on diverse and often marginalized groups, overall the body of work has been produced sporadically and has lacked cohesion around the overarching theme of diversity�. This excellent publication addresses this by bringing together a wealth of Canada-focused research in a single venue. A must read� for a wide-range of scholars and students in the sub-discipline, the book is easily digested yet is both empirically detailed and theoretically insightful.’ Gavin Andrews, McMaster University, Canada

Table of Contents

1 Place, Health, and Diversity in Canada

Melissa D. Giesbrecht, Valorie A. Crooks, and Jeffrey Morgan

2 Frameworks, Lenses, and Tools: Approaches to Conducting Diversity-Based Health Geography Research

Melissa D. Giesbrecht, Valorie A. Crooks, and Jeffrey Morgan

3 From Embedded In Place-to Marginalized Out-and Back Again: Indigenous Peoples’ Experience of Health in Canada

Heather Castleden, Debbie Martin, and Diana Lewis

4 Exploring the Intersections Between Violence, Place, and Mental Health in the Lives of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People in Canada

Cindy Holmes

5 "I’m a Better Person When I’m Working": Supportive Workplaces, Mental Illness, and Recovery

Joshua Evans and Robert Wilton

6 Spaces and Places: Engaging a Mixed-Methods Approach for Exploring the Multiple Geographies of Pedestrian Injury

Jonathan Cinnamon and Daniel Z. Sui

7 Counter-Mapping Inner City "Deprivation" in Winnipeg, Canada

Jeffrey R. Masuda and Emily Skinner

8 When is Helping Hurting? Understanding and Challenging the (Re)Production of Dominance in Narratives of Health, Place, and Difference in Hamilton, Ontario

Madelaine C. Cahuas, Mannat Malik, and Sarah Wakefield

9 Constructing the Liberal Health-care Consumer Online: A Content Analysis of Canadian Medical Tourism and Harm Reduction Service Provider Websites

Cristina Temenos and Rory Johnston

10 Lived Experience in Context: The Diverse Interplay between Women Living with Fibromyalgia and Canada’s Health Care System

Valorie A. Crooks

11 Aging, Gender, and "Triple Jeopardy" Through the Life Course

Rachel V. Herron and Mark W. Rosenberg

12 Does the Compassionate Care Benefit Adequately Support Vietnamese-Canadian Family Caregivers? A Diversity Analysis

Irene D. Lum and Allison H. Williams

13 Conclusion: Ways Ahead in Diversity-Based Health Geography Research

Valorie A. Crooks and Melissa D. Giesbrecht

About the Editors

Melissa D. Giesbrecht is Research Associate at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Valorie A. Crooks is a health geographer and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser 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:
MEDICAL / Health Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography