Global Health and Geographical Imaginaries

Clare Herrick and David Reubi, Editors, 2017. London: Routledge.

To date, geography has not yet carved out a disciplinary niche within the diffuse domain that constitutes global health. However the compulsion to do and understand global health emerges largely from contexts that geography has long engaged with: urbanisation, globalisation, political economy, risk, vulnerability, lifestyles, geopolitics, culture, governance, development and the environment. Moreover, global health brings with it an innate, powerful and politicising spatial logic that is only now starting to emerge as an object of enquiry. This book aims to draw attention to and showcase the wealth of existing and emergent geographical contributions to what has recently been termed ‘critical global health studies’. Geographical perspectives, this collection argues, are essential to bringing new and critical perspectives to bear on the inherent complexities and interconnectedness of global health problems and its purported solutions. Thus, rather than rehearsing the frequent critique that global health is more a ‘set of problems’ than a coherent disciplinary approach to ameliorating the health of all and redressing global bio-inequalities; this collection seeks to explore what these problems might represent and the geographical imaginaries inherent in their constitution.

Contents: Introduction: Global Health and the Geographical Imagination, Clare Herrick and David Reubi; Part 1: Global Health Imaginaries: 1. HIV, AIDS and the Global Imaginary, Gerry Kearns; 2. Temporal and Spatial Imaginaries of Global Health: Tobacco, Non-Communicable Disease and Modernity, David Reubi; 3. Exemplary or Exceptional? The Production and Dismantling of Global Health in Botswana, Betsey Brada; 4. Mixing and fixing: managing and imagining the body in a global world, Sarah Atkinson; Part 2: Global Health, Power and Politics: 5. Making Ties through Making Drugs: Partnerships for Tuberculosis Drug and Vaccine Development, Susan Craddock; 6. Living Well with Parasitic Worms: A More-Than-Human Geography of Global Health, Jamie Lorimer; 7. Resistant Bodies, Malaria and the Question of Immunity, Uli Beisel; 8. A Genealogy of Evidence at the WHO, Nele Jensen; Part 3: When Solutions Make Problems: 9. More than One World, More than One Health: Re-Configuring Inter-Species Health, Stephen Hinchliffe; 10. The Needs of the ‘Other’ Global Health: The Case of Remote Area Medical, Paul Jackson and Caitlin Henry; 11. Eat Your Greens. Buy Some Chips: Contesting Articulations of Food and Food Security in Children’s Lives, Jane Battersby; 12. Structural Violence, Capabilities and the Experiential Politics of Alcohol Regulation, Clare Herrick.