The COVID-19 lockdown: effects of material conditions and social context on self-reported health during confinemen

Lockdown policies implemented to defeat the spread of COVID-19 have been shown to be effective from an epidemiological perspective, but little is known about how they affect wellbeing and individual health perception. Using information from the 2020 Social Survey for Andalusia (a southern region in Spain), this paper examines how lockdown affects self-reported health. Contrary to what might be expected, perceived population health generally improved, but not in every social group, with young people and low-income groups reporting a deterioration. Moreover, perceived health became more difficult to predict in terms of the classic health, socio-demographic, socio-economic and residential determinants, with lockdown-related changes being particularly relevant. Direct contact with COVID-19, economic problems resulting from the lockdown and changes in daily activities became key explanatory factors for perceived health, particularly affecting the mental and emotional state of the population.

All is land, but not all is landscape: social discourses around the landscape

Political and academic discourses generally argue that it is possible for all land to be viewed as landscape. Research into social discourse about the landscape, however, reveals that only certain parts of the land possess the characteristics required for its inhabitants to consider it as landscape, as this study shows by analysing several interviews and focus group discussions conducted in two provinces in the south of Spain (Granada and Almería) to understand how people perceive and experience landscapes. This perspective can be very detrimental regarding conservation actions: if the landscape value is not recognised, there is no reason to conserve it. The repercussions for landscape management and protection policies in this regard can be far-reaching. It is not sufficient to merely assert that all land is landscape; rather, society must recognise it as such if the landscape is to be both valued and cared for

Privatización del espacio público en el centro de Granada (España)

En este trabajo se aborda la privatización del espacio público en el barrio Centro-Sagrario de Granada, explorando las posibles relaciones de esta con distintos procesosde cambio urbano y con la terciarización económica. Partiendo de una reflexión sobre elproceso de privatización del espacio público de la ciudad, y a través de la observacióndirecta, la elaboración de cartografía temática y el cálculo de indicadores cuantitativos,los resultados apuntan a una mayor concentración del tipo de privatización analizadoen las zonas más turísticas del barrio, con las implicaciones socioeconómicas para elbarrio y la ciudad que ello conlleva.