Exploring alternative spaces of WASH behaviors among migrants in the UK

Emmanuel Akpabio, Kaoru Takara

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The notion of ‘context’ has been central to geographers’ conceptualization of health and place in manners focusing on place determinants of health dynamics, behaviors and health related outcomes (Cummins et.al 2007, Jones and Moon 1993, Kearns 1993). ‘Context’ evokes two interrelated geographical constructs of ‘space’ and ‘place.’ The former evolves from its earlier roots as abstract phenomenon, expressed in distance and location, to become an important framework for discussing social relations within the perspective of the social theory context (Soja, 1985; Dear and Wolch 1989). ‘Place’, on the other hand is framed to incorporate human experience. According to Gesler (1991: 165), ‘…place is studied with an eye for its meaning for people; space is analyzed in terms of its quantifiable attributes and patterns... ’ (cited in Kearns and Joseph 1993: 712). Extending the argument, Kearns and Joseph (1993: 712, citing Griffiths and Johnson 1991) argued that whereas people’s lives are shaped and influenced by processes that occur over geometric space, it is in places that ‘…people become what they are.’
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
EventWorld Water Congress - EICC, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 May 201529 May 2015


ConferenceWorld Water Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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