Academic journal article Geography

Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction

Academic journal article Geography

Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction

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Health Geographies: A critical introduction Tim Brown, Gavin J. Andrews, Steven Cummins, Beth Greenhough, Daniel Lewis and Andrew Porter Hoboken, NJ, and Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 2018 Paperback, 290pp, 17x24.5cm ?22.99 ISBN 978-1-118-73902-0

As a first new book on critical health geography in almost a decade, this is a readable and affordable student text for undergraduate geographers. It is organised into four broad sections, namely: Body, Health and Disease; Changing Spaces of (Health) Care; Producing Health; and Emerging Health and Biosecurity, with 12 chapters in total.

More important are the five over-arching themes: neoliberalism; inequality; globalisation; urbanisation; biopolitics; and resistance/resilience/care. Each of the individual chapters, ranging across scales from the body to community to global health policy, touch on one or more of these themes as key critical components. The book considers newer cultural aspects of health and wellbeing but also manages to keep the biomedical aspects in. It is realistic about the ongoing significance of pharmaceutical and technological treatments; driven by wider mobilities of bodies, drugs and policy that no longer respect international boundaries. …

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