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Routledge Handbook of Health Geography

1st Edition

Edited by Valorie A. Crooks, Gavin J. Andrews, Jamie Pearce


386 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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The places of our daily life affect our health, well-being, and receipt of health care in complex ways. The connection between health and place has been acknowledged for centuries, and the contemporary discipline of health geography sets as its core mission to uncover and explicate all facets of this connection.

The Routledge Handbook of Health Geography features 52 chapters from leading international thinkers that collectively characterize the breadth and depth of current thinking on the health–place connection. It will be of interest to students seeking an introduction to health geography as well as multidisciplinary health scholars looking to explore the intersection between health and place. This book provides a coherent synthesis of scholarship in health geography as well as multidisciplinary insights into cutting-edge research. It explores the key concepts central to appreciating the ways in which place influences our health, from the micro-space of the body to the macro-scale of entire world regions, in order to articulate historical and contemporary aspects of this influence.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Routledge Handbook of Health Geography Valorie A. Crooks et al

2. Introducing Section One: Perspectives and Debates Jamie Pearce, Valorie A. Crooks and Gavin J. Andrews

3. Global Health Geographies Tim Brown and Stephen Taylor

4. Development: The Past, Present and Future Contributions from Health Geography Elijah Bisung, Jenna Dixon and Isaac Luginaah

5. Placing Health Inequalities: where you live can kill you Clare Bambra

6. Environmental Health Inequities: From Global to Local Contexts Eric Crighton, Holly Gordon and Caroline Barakat-Haddad

7. Infectious disease geography: Disease outbreaks and outcomes through the lens of space and place Corinna Keeler and Michael Emch

8. Risk and Resilience Sarah Curtis and Katie J. Oven

9. Researching Migration and Health: Perspectives and Debates

Frances Darlington-Pollock et al

10. Food in Health Geography Sarah Wakefield

11. Un/Healthy behavior: a bibliometric assessment of geographers’ contributions to understanding the association between environment and health-related behaviour Graham Moon and Dianna Smith

12. Introducing Section Two: Theories and Concepts Gavin J. Andrews, Valorie A. Crooks and Jamie Pearce

13. Environments of Health and Care: The Contributions of Political Economy

Neil Hanlon

14. Humanism and Health Geography Benet Reid and Matt Sothern

15. Social Constructivism (in a socially constructed health geography?) Sebastien Fleuret

16. Health geography’s role in understanding social capital and its influence on health Amber L. Pearson and Richard C. Sadler

17. Therapeutic Landscapes: From Exceptional Sites of Healing to Everyday Assemblages of Well-being Jessica M. Finlay

18. Well-being in Health Geography: Conceptualizations, Contributions, and Questions Meryn Severson and Damian Collins

19. Decentering Geographies of Health: The Challenge of Post-Structuralism

Joshua Evans

20. Posthuman Health Geographies Cameron Duff

21. Non-representational geographies of health Jennifer Lea

22. Introducing Section Three: Groups and People Jamie Pearce, Valorie A. Crooks and Gavin J. Andrews

23. The Medicalization of Homelessness Tom Baker

24. Informal Caregivers: People, Place and Identity Andrew Power

25. Mapping Life on the Margins: Disability and Chronic Illness Vera Chouinard

26. The Geographies of Indigenous health Chantelle A.M. Richmond and Katie Big-Canoe

27. Health Geographies of Aging Tara Colman and Janine Wiles

28. Including Children in Health Geography Nicole Yantzi

29. Immigrant Health: Insights and Implications K. Bruce Newbold

30. Establishing Geographies of LGBTQ Health Nathaniel M. Lewis

31. "This Place Is Getting to Me": Geographical Understandings of Mental Health Liz Twigg and Craig Duncan

32. Introducing Section Four: Places and Spaces Valorie A. Crooks, Gavin J. Andrews and Jamie Pearce

33. Home truths? A critical reflection on aging, care and the home Christine Milligan

34. Rethinking Care Through Transnational Health and Long-Term Care Practices Meghann Ormond and Mika Toyota

35. The Place of Primary Care Clinics Robin Kearns

36. Palettes of Place: Green/Blue Spaces and Health

Ronan Foley

37. Urban public spaces, social inclusion and health Karen Witten and Vivienne Ivory

38. Rural Places and Spaces of Health and Health Care Rachel Herron and Mark Skinner

39. Transportation and Health Geographies Michael J. Widener

40. mHealth Geographies: Mobile Technologies and Health in the Global South Jonathan Cinnamon and Charlene Ronquillo

41. Walkability and Physical Activity Jana A. Hirsch and Meghan Winters

42. Introducing Section Five: Practicing Health Geography Gavin J. Andrews, Valorie A. Crooks and Jamie Pearce

43. Qualitative Health Geography Reaches the Mainstream Jamie Baxter

44. Health geographies of art, music, and sound: The re-making of self in place Candice P. Boyd and Michelle Duffy

45. Health Geography and the Future of Data Daniel Lewis

46. Understanding the contribution of the ‘big data revolution’ for Health Geography Alec Davies and Mark A. Green

47. Navigating Research Ethics in Health Geography: The Case of Big Data

Nina J. Morris

48. Spatial Modeling’s Place in Health Geography: Trends, Critiques, and Future Directions Sara McLafferty and Sandy Wong

49. Difference matters: Approaches for acknowledging diversity in health geography research Melissa Giesbrecht

50. Practising Health Geography in Public Health: A Focus on Population Health Intervention Research Mylene Riva and Sarah M. Mah

51. Intervention Research from a Place-based Approach Allison M. Williams

52. Practitioner perspectives: the case of nursing geographies Elizabeth Peter and Joan Liaschenko


About the Editors

Valorie A. Crooks is a professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, in Canada. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She focuses on identifying ethical and equity issues associated with transnational health care mobilities.

Gavin J. Andrews is a professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, in Canada. His books include Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music (2014), Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction (2018), Geographical Gerontology (2018), and Non-Representational Theory and Health (2018).

Jamie Pearce is a professor of health geography at the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, where he is co-director of the Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH) and director of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science. His research seeks to understand various social, political and environmental mechanisms in health and health-related behaviour.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography