Title Health in the Anthropocene
Subtitle Living Well on a Finite Planet
Author Katharine Zywert, Stephen Quilley
ISBN 9781487524142
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 464
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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"Health in the Anthropocene contributes consideration and critique of current practice and thinking to facilitate behaviour change towards living well with equity and within the limits of the planet. A thought-provoking read, it represents a major contribution to moving problem-recognition to solution-finding, and a milestone in this literature."

—Ro McFarlane, Public health academic, University of Canberra

"Health in the Anthropocene is a very well-researched, well-written work of great insight, foresight and ambition in relation to the ecological threats we face, with diverse analytic and practical contributions from a range of respected scholars."

—Solomon Benatar, University of Cape Town and University of Toronto


Adding to a growing body of knowledge about how the social-ecological dynamics of the Anthropocene affect human health, this collection presents strategies that both address core challenges, including climate change, stagnating economic growth, and rising socio-political instability, and offers novel frameworks for living well on a finite planet.

Rather than directing readers to more sustainable ways to structure health systems, Health in the Anthropocene navigates the transition toward social-ecological systems that can support long-term human and environmental health, which requires broad shifts in thought and action, not only in formal health-related fields, but in our economic models, agriculture and food systems, ontologies, and ethics.

Arguing that population health will largely be decided at the intersection of experimental social innovations and appropriate technologies, this volume calls readers to turn their attention toward social movements, practices, and ways of living that build resilience for an era of systemic change. Drawing on diverse disciplines and methodologies from fields including anthropology, ecological economics, sociology, and public health, Health in the Anthropocene maps out alternative pathways that have the potential to sustain human wellbeing and ecological integrity over the long term.


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Introduction  (Katharine Zywert and Stephen Quilley)

Part I - Population Health in the Anthropocene: Addressing Wicked Problems in the Transition to an Alternative Social-Ecological System Guided by Ecological Constraints

Chapter 1. Individual or Community as a Frame of Reference for Health in Modernity and in the Anthropocene  (Stephen Quilley)

Chapter 2. "Regional Overload" as an Indicator of Profound Risk:  A Plea for the Public Health Community to Awaken  (Colin David Butler)

Chapter 3. Medicine and Health Care in the Anthropocene: Who Pays and Why? (Jennifer Cole)

Chapter 4. Anthropocene Health Economics: Preparing for the Journey or the Destination? (Martin Hensher)


Chapter 5. What about My Pineapples? The Wicked Implications of Nonlinearity, Embedded Systems, and Transformative Social Goals (Kaitlin Kish)

Chapter 6. Imagining Health Systems 150 Years from Now: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Future of Human Health (Katharine Zywert)

Chapter 7. A Changing Role for Public Health in the Anthropocene: The Contribution of Scenario Thinking for Reimagining the Future (Blake Poland, Margot W. Parkes, Trevor Hancock, George Mckibbon, and Andrea Chircop)


Part II - Emerging Social Innovations for Health and Well-Being: Prefiguring Viable Health Systems for the Anthropocene

Chapter 8. The Role of Grassroots Social Movements as Agents of Change for Societal Transformation: The Example of the Transition Movement  - Blake Poland and The Transition Emerging Study Research Team (Chris Buse, Randy Haluza-Delay, Chris Ling, Lenore Newman, André-Anne Parent, Cheryl Teelucksingh, Rebecca Hasdell, and Katie Hayes)

Chapter 9. "Food as Thy Medicine": How Ecovillages Foster Population and Planetary Health through Regenerative Food Systems (Lisa Mychajluk)

Chapter 10. Care Farming: Making a Meaningful Connection between Agriculture, Health Care, and Society  (Marjolein Elings)

Chapter 11. Grieving Nature - Grieving in Nature: The Place of Parks and Natural Places in Palliative and Grief Care  (Sonya L. Jakubec, Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Heather Ray, and Ashok Krishnamurthy)

Chapter 12.  Nature as Partner: Rethinking Intersectoral Action for Health in the Anthropocene Era (Mary Jane Yates)

Chapter 13. The Soil Sponge: Collaborating with the Work of Other Species to Improve Public Health, Climate Change, and Resilience  (Didi Pershouse)

Chapter 14. Making Medicine Work in the Anthropocene: Tenets of a Meta-medicine for Complex Adaptive Systems in Precarious Times  (Katharine Zywert And William Sutherland) 

Part III - Alternative Ontologics: Laying the Groundwork for Living Well within the Earth"s Biophysical Limits

Chapter 15. Our Affluence Is Killing Us: What Degrowth Offers Health and Well-Being (Jean-Louis Aillon and Giacomo D"alisa)

Chapter 16. Nurturing Ecological Consciousness (Mark Hathaway, Donald Cole, and Blake Poland)

Chapter 17.  Bodies of the Anthropocene: Health, Ontology, Ecology  (Alexander Foster)

Chapter 18. The Exploration of Socioecological Approaches and Indicators in the Anthropocene  (Ann Del Bianco, David Mallery, Kamal Paudel, and Martin J. Bunch)

Chapter 19.  Coming Back to Our True Nature: What Is the Inner Work That Supports Transition?  (Blake Poland)

Chapter 20. Death Denial in the Anthropocene  (Sheldon Solomon)

Chapter 21.  To Become Ancestors of a Living Future (Barbara Jane Davy)

Conclusion - Pursuing Health in the Anthropocene: A Synthesis of Current and Future Research Priorities  (Katharine Zywert and Stephen Quilley)



About the Editors:

Katharine Zywert is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Stephen Quilley is an associate professor of Social and Ecological Innovation in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Target Audience:

People interested in social aspects of environmental health, anthropology, ecological economics and public health.


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