Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health

Expanding the Boundaries of Place

  • Linda M. Burton
  • Stephen A. Matthews
  • ManChui Leung
  • Susan P. Kemp
  • David T. Takeuchi

Part of the Social Disparities in Health and Health Care book series (SDHHC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Place Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael F. Goodchild
      Pages 21-33
    3. Sarah Gehlert, Charles Mininger, Toni M. Cipriano-Steffens
      Pages 57-72
    4. ManChui Leung, David T. Takeuchi
      Pages 73-88
  3. Missing Places, Invisible Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Linda M. Burton, Raymond Garrett-Peters, John Major Eason
      Pages 91-110
    3. Lisa Sun-Hee Park, David Naguib Pellow
      Pages 111-126
    4. Karen Albright, Grace Chung, Allison De Marco, Joan Yoo
      Pages 127-143
    5. Karina L. Walters, Ramona Beltran, David Huh, Teresa Evans-Campbell
      Pages 163-199
  4. Justice in Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Michael S. Spencer, Amanda Garratt, Elaine Hockman, Bunyan Bryant, Laura Kohn-Wood
      Pages 219-233
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-253

About this book


Place is an important element in understanding health and health care disparities. More that merely a geographic location, place is a socio-ecological force with detectable effects on social life, independent well-being, and health. Despite the general enthusiasm for the study of place and the potential it could have for a better understanding of the distribution of health in different communities, research is at a difficult crossroads because of disagreements in how the construct should be conceptualized and measured. This edited volume incorporates an cross-disciplinary approach to the study of place, in order to come up with a comprehensive and useful definition of place. Topics covered include: • Social Inequalities • Historical Definitions of Place • Biology and Place • Rural vs. Urban Places • Racialization of a Place • Migration • Sacred Places • Technological Innovations An understanding of place is essential for health care professionals, as interventions often do not have the same effects in the clinic as they do in varied, naturalistic social settings.


Demography Health Disparities Migration Population Studies Public Health

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda M. Burton
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Matthews
    • 2
  • ManChui Leung
    • 3
  • Susan P. Kemp
    • 4
  • David T. Takeuchi
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Dept. AnthropologyPenn State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3., Department of SociologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Dept. SociologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  5. 5.Dept. SociologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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