Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded

1st Edition

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


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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.

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