Mapping life on the margins

Disability and chronic illness

Authored by: Vera Chouinard

Routledge Handbook of Health Geography

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138098046
eBook ISBN: 9781315104584
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Over the past three decades, geographers have made increasingly sophisticated contributions to understanding the lives of disabled people and people with chronic illnesses and the socio-spatial forces shaping those lives. In fact today it may be hard to believe that as late as the mid-1990s it was still possible to criticize geographers for ignoring the lives of these and other marginalized groups (Chouinard and Grant, 1995). And it was not until 1999 that the first edited collection of geographic accounts of disability and chronic illness was published (Parr and Butler, 1999). The second such collection did not appear until 2010 (Chouinard, 2010).

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