Conclusions on social scientific perspectives on health and environment

Hans Keune*, Helen Kopnina

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We look back at the contributions to this volume by focusing on the problemframing and problem-solving perspectives. A main critique of most contributors on the current state of the art of environment and health science is that important elements are not taken into account, thus resulting in a limited view on environment and health issues. First, we focus on how contributors want to broaden and deepen the health and environment science by taking into account complementary aspects of the complexity of environment and health issues. In achieving the objective of enriching the view on environment and health through this complementary social scientific lens, several obstacles are noticed. These obstacles arise from theoretical and social interpretations of the concepts of health and environment as well as from socio-political and economic aspects. From a problem-solving point of view, we highlight how contributors seek to overcome these obstacles and to what extent theoretical insights can be applied in practice. Finally, we reflect on the role of social science in relation to health and environment from the point of view of the contributors to this volume and discuss future research perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and Environment
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Science Perspectives
EditorsHelen Kopnina, Hans Keune
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781626188761
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePublic Health in the 21st Century
PublisherNova Science Publishers


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