Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities. Stephen Zavestoski and Julian Agyeman (eds.). 2014. New York: Routledge.

The ‘Complete Streets’ concept and movement in urban planning and policy has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader effects of an urban form shaped by the logic of keeping automobiles moving. By enabling safe access for all users, Complete Streets promise to make cities more walkable and livable and at the same time more sustainable.

The book questions whether the ways in which complete streets are envisioned and implemented might actually be reproducing incomplete streets–streets where the urban spatial and social inequalities and injustices that have characterized cities for the last century or more continue to exist.

Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements. Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski and the Contested Illnesses Research Group (eds.). 2012.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

The politics and science of health and disease remain contested terrain among scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, industry, communities, and the public. Stakeholders in disputes about illnesses or conditions disagree over their fundamental causes as well as how they should be treated and prevented. This thought-provoking book crosses disciplinary boundaries by engaging with both public health policy and social science, asserting that science, activism, and policy are not separate issues and showing how the contribution of environmental factors in disease is often overlooked.


Social Movements in Health. Phil Brown and Stephen Zavestoski (eds.). 2005. Wiley-Blackwell.  

This book represents the first collection of research on health social movements and brings together the study of health and illness with social movement theory to chart new territory in the study of health social movements. Chapters cover disease-based movements focused on diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, as well as issue-based movements such as the pro-choice movement, the movement for complementary and alternative medicine, and movements around stem cell research.


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