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In Pursuit of Healthy Environments

Historical Cases on the Environment-Health Nexus (Routledge Studies in Environment)

Esa Ruuskanen (Editor), Heini Hakosalo (Editor)


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In Pursuit of Healthy Environments brings temporal depth to a highly topical issue, the interaction between health and the environment. By means of a rich set of historical case studies from Americas to Europe and from the tropics to the Arctic, the volume demonstrates that the concern for creating and finding healthy environments is not a new one, shows how the link between the environment and health has been perceived at different times and in different cultures, and discusses the practical implications of these conceptualizations.

The book written by scholars from architecture, cultural anthropology, history, Indigenous Studies, media studies and sociology will be of interest to a reader interested in the historical roots of present health-related environmental issues. It discusses the spatiality and materiality of the conceptions of health and the practices of nurture in colonial and post-colonial environments and shows how greatly indigenous and colonial mindsets have differed during the last 300 years.

It also investigates how certain environments have become labelled as healthy and life-preserving while others stigmatized by death and disease and how fluctuating these notions can be. Finally, it analyses the materialities and immaterialities, as well as the transgenerational and transboundary characters of environmental and medical knowledge.

Routledge, 9780367259051, 250pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2020

About the Author

Esa Ruuskanen is a Senior Research Fellow and the person responsible for the minor in Environmental Humanities at the University of Oulu, Finland. His research interests include environmental history of Western and Northern European peatlands, energy histories, and the environment-technology interaction. Heini Hakosalo works as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oulu, Finland. Her major research projects have dealt with Foucauldian historian of medicine and psychiatry, the history of brain sciences in late nineteenth century Europe, the beginnings of women's medical education in Finland and Sweden, and history of tuberculosis in twentieth century Finland.