New Approaches to Death in Cities during the Health Transition

  • Diego Ramiro Fariñas
  • Michel Oris

Part of the International Studies in Population book series (ISIP, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mortality Within the City: Historical Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Alessio Fornasin, Marco Breschi, Matteo Manfredini
      Pages 43-54
    3. Alice Reid, Eilidh Garrett, Simon Szreter
      Pages 55-76
  3. Urban Mortality in Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Marco Breschi, Massimo Esposito, Stanislao Mazzoni, Lucia Pozzi
      Pages 115-136
    3. Lionel Kesztenbaum, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal
      Pages 137-154
  4. Urban Mortality in the Developing World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Günther Fink, Isabel Günther, Kenneth Hill
      Pages 197-216
    3. Clémentine Rossier, Abdramane Bassiahi Soura, Bruno Lankoande, Roch Modeste Millogo
      Pages 217-241

About this book


This book presents recent efforts and new approaches to improve our understanding of the evolution of health and mortality in urban environments in the long run, looking at transformation and adaptations during the process of rapid population growth. In a world characterized by large and rapidly evolving urban environments, the past and present challenges cities face is one of the key topics in our society. Cities are a world of differences and, consequently, of inequalities. At the same time cities remain, above all, the spaces of interactions among a variety of social groups, the places where poor, middle-class, and wealthy people, as well as elites, have coexisted in harmony or tension. Urban areas also form specific epidemiological environments since they are characterized by population concentration and density, and a high variety of social spaces from wealthy neighborhoods to slums. Inversely and coherently, cities develop answers in terms of sanitary policies and health infrastructures. This balance between risk and protective factors is, however, not at all constant across time and space and is especially endangered in periods of massive demographic growth, particularly periods of urbanization mainly led by immigration flows that transform both the socioeconomic and demographic composition of urban populations and the morphological nature of urban environments. Therefore this book is an unique contribution in which present day and past socio-demographic and health challenges confronted by big urban environments are combined.


Epidemiological transition Urban mortality Health transition Demography of cities Slums are an unhealty environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego Ramiro Fariñas
    • 1
  • Michel Oris
    • 2
  1. 1.CCHS-CSICSpanish National Research Council CCHS-CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.University of GenevaCIGEV University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43001-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43002-7
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