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Ecologies and politics of health

Author: Brian King; Kelley A Crews
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Routledge studies in human geography, 41.
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"Human health exists at the interface of environment and society. Decades of work by researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers has shown that health is shaped by a myriad of factors, including the biophysical environment, climate, political economy, gender, social networks, culture, and infrastructure. Yet while there is emerging interest within the natural and social sciences on the social and ecological  Read more...
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Ecologies and politics of health.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012016552
(OCoLC)742512412
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian King; Kelley A Crews
ISBN: 9781136295539 1136295534
OCLC Number: 820785387
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 296 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Human health at the nexus of ecologies and politics / Kelley A. Crews and Brian King --
--
Part I. Health Within Social and Ecological Systems --
--
Positioning health in a socio-ecological systems framework / Kelley A. Crews --
Capitals and context : Bridging health and livelihoods in smallholder frontiers / Leah K. Vanwey, James R. Hull, and Gilvan Guedes --
Change in tropical landscapes : Implications for health and livelihoods / Kenneth R. Young --
--
Part II. Empirical Approaches to Injury and Infections Disease --
--
Buruli ulcer disease : The unknown environmental and social ecology of a bacterial pathogen / Jiaguo Qi [and others] --
The ecology of injuries in Matlab, Bangladesh / Elisabeth D. Root and Michael E. Emch --
Human settlement, environmental change, and frontier malaria in the Brazilian Amazon / Marcia C. Castro and Burton H. Singer --
--
Part III. Disease Histories, the State, and (Mis)management --
--
Vaccines, fertility, and power : The political ecology of indigenous health and well-being in lowland South America / Kendra A. McSweeney and Zoe Pearson --
Tsetse and trypanosomiasis : Eradication, control, and coexistence in Africa / Paul F. McCord, Joseph P. Messina, and Carolyn A. Fahey --
Geographies of HIV and marginalization : A case study of HIV/AIDS risk among Mayan communities in western Belize / Cynthia Pope --
The mosquito state : How technology, capital, and state practice mediate the ecologies of public health / Paul Robbins and Jacob C. Miller --
--
Part IV. Health Vulnerabilities --
--
Exposure to heat stress in urban environments / Olga Williams, Alex de Sherbinin, and Mary Hayden --
Power, race, and the neglect of science : The HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa / Eileen Stillwagon and Larry Sawers --
Disease as shock, HIV/AIDS as experience : Coupling social and ecological responses in sub-Saharan Africa / Brian King --
Challenges and opportunities for future ecologies and politics of health / Brian King and Kelley A. Crews.
Series Title: Routledge studies in human geography, 41.
Responsibility: edited by Brian King and Kelley A. Crews.

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"Human health exists at the interface of environment and society. Decades of work by researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers has shown that health is shaped by a myriad of factors, including the biophysical environment, climate, political economy, gender, social networks, culture, and infrastructure. Yet while there is emerging interest within the natural and social sciences on the social and ecological dimensions of human disease and health, there have been few studies that address them in an integrated manner. Ecologies and Politics of Health brings together contributions from the natural and social sciences to examine three key themes: the ecological dimensions of health and vulnerability, the socio-political dimensions of human health, and the intersections between the ecological and social dimensions of health. The thirteen case study chapters collectively present results from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States, Australia, and global cities. Section one interrogates the utility of several theoretical frameworks and conventions for understanding health within complex social and ecological systems. Section two concentrates upon empirically grounded and quantitative work that collectively redefines health in a more expansive way that extends beyond the absence of disease. Section three examines the role of the state and management interventions through historically rich approaches centering on both disease- and non-disease-related examples from Latin America, Eastern Africa, and the United States. Finally, Section four highlights how health vulnerabilities are differentially constructed with concomitant impacts for disease management and policy interventions. This timely volume advances knowledge on health-environment interactions, disease vulnerabilities, global development, and political ecology. It offers theoretical and methodological contributions which will be a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners in geography, public health, biology, anthropology, sociology, and ecology"--Provided by publisher.

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