States of Disease (Paperback)

Political Environments and Human Health

By Brian King

University of California Press, 9780520278219, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

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Human health is shaped by the interactions between social and ecological systems. In States of Disease, Brian King advances a social ecology of health framework to demonstrate how historical spatial formations contribute to contemporary vulnerabilities to disease and the opportunities for health justice. He examines how expanded access to antiretroviral therapy is transforming managed HIV in South Africa. And he reveals how environmental health is shifting due to global climate change and flooding variability in northern Botswana. These case studies illustrate how the political environmental context shapes the ways in which health is embodied, experienced, and managed.   

About the Author

Brian King is Associate Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. 

Praise For States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health

“King presents fresh new ways of thinking about the ways in which political and economic environments shape human health, and his in-depth examples, born from years in the field and a deep understanding of the local, social, and political environments he studies, sheds light on how these broad processes shape both health vulnerability as well as public health responses to these health threats.”

— Bulletin of the History of Medicine

“The primary significance of this book is its integration of social ecological with political contexts of health and infectious disease in developing countries. Its main strength is concise analysis that applies history, relevant theory, and research to public health and infectious disease control policy in sub-Saharan Africa. It complements interdisciplinary research and analysis in public health, medical anthropology, sociology, economics and global health policy.”

— Health Tomorrow

"In his recent book, States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health, Brian King weaves together political ecology and health geography using innovative and transformative writing."

— AAG Review of Books