Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction
Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction explores health and biomedical topics from a range of critical geographic perspectives. Building on the field's past engagement with social theory it extends the focus of health geography into new areas of enquiry. Introduces key topics in health geography through clear and engaging examples and case studies drawn from around the world Incorporates multi-disciplinary perspectives and approaches applied in the field of health geography Identifies both health and biomedical issues as a central area of concern for critically oriented health geographers Features material that is alert to questions of global scale and difference, and sensitive to the political and economic as well sociocultural aspects of health Provides extensive pedagogic materials within the text and guidance for further study
From the Back Cover Health Geographies explores critical approaches to health and biomedicine from geographical perspectives while engaging with social theory and issues of difference and inequality. It extends the focus of an already critically-oriented field to include topics such as biosecurity and bioprospecting, health and medical tourism, complexity theory, and the evaluation of public health interventions. Key topics in health geography are introduced through clear and engaging writing and developed through wide-ranging examples drawn from the authors' areas of geographical interest. A wide range of theoretical ideas and emerging themes in health and healthcare are covered, including such cutting-edge issues as biological citizenship and global health. An extensive series of boxed material on important theoretical concepts, case studies and key authors, as well as discussion questions and suggested readings further enhance clarity. By offering readers a solid foundation of conceptual frameworks, Health Geographies provides all the necessary tools to facilitate a better understanding of myriad health issues in a twenty-first-century world of diverging experiences of identity, citizenship, power, and inequality.