Ronan Foley, Robin Kearns, Thomas Kistemann, Ben Wheeler
March 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 244 Pages - 19 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815359142 - CAT# K346730
Series: Geographies of Health Series
Research in health geographies has seen the ongoing development of therapeutic landscapes. Emerging contemporary research explores nature-based health and health-enabling places. This book asks questions about the relationships between water, health and wellbeing. Water and blue space is a key focus in current health geography research and a new hydrophilic turn has emerged with a particular focus on the aspects of water which are affective, life-enhancing and health-enabling. Research considers both the benefits and risks associated with blue space, including access to safe and clean water in the Global South and the deeper implications of climate change in terms of impacts on livelihoods and indigenous cultures. This book reflects recent theoretical debates within health geography, drawing from research in the public health, anthropology and psychology sectors. Broad thematic sections focus on inter-disciplinary, experiential and equity-based elements of blue space with individual chapters that consider indigenous and global health, water’s healing properties, leisure and blue yogic culture, coastal landscapes, surfing, swimming and sailing along with more contested hydrophobic dimensions.
The interdisciplinary research lens means this book will be extremely valuable to human geographers and cultural geographers. It will also appeal to practitioners and researchers interested in environmental health, leisure and tourism, mental health and swimming.
(Ronan Foley, Robin Kearns, Thomas Kistemann and Ben Wheeler )
PART I Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Water & Health
2. The Meaning of Water to Health: antipodean perspectives on the ‘substance of life’
3. Keeping Leisure in mind: The intervening role of Leisure in the Blue Space - Health nexus
(David Jarrett and Sean Gammon)
4. Sailing, health and well-being: a thalassographic perspective.
5. To the waters and the wild: reflections on eco-social healing in the WILD project
(Katherine Phillips and Antony Lyons)
PART II Experiencing Health in Blue Space
6. From water as curative agent to enabling waterscapes: Diverse experiences of the ‘therapeutic blue’
7. Dúchas: Being and belonging on the borderlands of surfing, senses and self
8. Blue Yogic Culture: A Case Study of Sirvananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau,
(Alison Williams, Ashleigh Patterson and Morgan Parnell)
9. No ducking, no diving, no running, no pushing. Hydrophobia and urban bluespaces across the life-course.
PART III Blue health inequality and environmental justice
10. The shadows of risk and inequality within salutogenic coastal waters
(Sarah Bell, Rebecca Lovell, Julie Hollenbeck, Mat White and Mike Depledge)
11. Thirst World? Linking Water and Health in the Context of Development
(Carmen Anthonj and Timo Falkenberg)
12. Wellbeing and the Wild, Blue 21st Century Citizen
13. Environmental uncertainty and muddy blue spaces: health, history, and wetland geographies in Aotearoa New Zealand
14. Conclusion: New Directions
(Ronan Foley, Robin Kearns, Thomas Kistemann and Ben Wheeler)