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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC364H1
Professor
Brent Berry
Semester
Fall

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WK 1 1 Two focuses…Urban Health  Description of health patterns  Infant mortality rates, life expectancy, mental health, quality of life, chronic conditi ons  Urban determinants of health patterns  How does the urban context impact health? Four fundamental features  Population composition The social and demographic characteristics of individuals (i.e., gender, age, family form)  Physical environment Air quality, infrastructure, accessibility, safe drinking water, garbage removal, noise, Ove rcrowding  Social environment Structure of social relationships within in the community (i.e., social capital, cohesion, n etworks, support)  Health and social services Mental heath facilities, hospitals, family doctors, nutritious foods, homeless shelters Diversity within Cities Neighbourhoods within cities can have differential effects for residents —Access to resources —Exposure to stressors —Access to safe social spaces Two reason concern urban health as a field of inquiry and practice. 1. There is growing importance, and influence, of cities worldwide. 2. Understanding the context, including the social, physical, political, or policy environments within which we live.  In particular, most global population growth will occur in less wealthy regions of the world, with the most rapid pace of growth expected to occur in Asia and Africa.  Cities are ubiquitous, and their impact so pervasive, that it is difficult to WK 1 2 consider any aspect of health without thinking of the role of cities. Impact of cities in two primary ways 1. Most obviously, as a growing propo
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