Lecture 3 (geo 303)

Lecture 3 (geo 303) - Explaining Health Geographies g p...

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1 Explaining Health Geographies GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Readings for Today • Gatrell Chapter 2 GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Objectives for Today • The wide variety of research that falls under the umbrella of health geography has differing underlying philosophical GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross approaches
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Positivist Explanation • Searching for regularities, patterns, laws and generalizations • Often quantitative GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross • Seeking causes of disease patterns but cause is often elusive • Example Gatrell raises is the study linking poverty to asthma hospitalizations in children in NYC More on Positivism • The idea that all true knowledge is scientific knowledge • Often linked to empiricism – what we know is GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross derived from experience or observation • Typically linked to reductionism – e.g., societies are reducible to actions of individuals – ignores the ‘emergent properties’ of social groups or places • Key criticism: reductionist • No concern for individual interpretation Usually applies statistics and as large a GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2012 for the course GEOG 303 taught by Professor Nancyross during the Winter '12 term at McGill.

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