Landscapes of urban health inequities in Saint John, New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


This master’s thesis contributes to the urban politics and health literature through an examination of health inequities at the neighborhood level in Saint John, New Brunswick. The thesis draws on eco-social theory and critical political economy. The thesis problematizes the mainstream perspectives in urban design and health policy because they do not address the way power relations shape the city and urban residents’ health. The research examines how structures of power become embodied into people’s health through the policymaking that shapes the city. The thesis argues that the sprawled urban design in Saint John under neoliberalism has contributed to the rise of health inequities through gentrification and the prevalence of dominant sectors of the global economy in the shaping of cities at the expense of marginalized urban residents’ health. The research relies on a survey conducted with urban residents across various neighborhoods in the city of Saint John.