Rural madness: a geographical reading and critique of the rural mental health literature

Philo, C., Parr, H. and Burns, N. (2003) Rural madness: a geographical reading and critique of the rural mental health literature. Journal of Rural Studies, 19(3), pp. 259-281. (doi:10.1016/S0743-0167(03)00005-6)

Philo, C., Parr, H. and Burns, N. (2003) Rural madness: a geographical reading and critique of the rural mental health literature. Journal of Rural Studies, 19(3), pp. 259-281. (doi:10.1016/S0743-0167(03)00005-6)

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Abstract

This paper provides a geographical reading and critique of existing literature on rural mental health. It investigates what this literature has to say about how different dimensions of rural space physical, demographic, economic, social and cultural impact upon both the mental health of rural dwellers and the provision of mental health services to rural populations. It is argued that there is much to be learned from the existing literature, although caution is expressed about slipping into stereotypical notions regarding the constitution of rural space. Questions are raised about a common tendency to lean upon more or less examined rural urban contrasts, although useful reflections can be found on the tangled representational politics of rural mental health embedded within differing characterisations of the countryside as opposed to the city

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Literature, Mental Health, Science, Scotland
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Nicola and Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Philo, C., Parr, H., and Burns, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Journal of Rural Studies
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0743-0167
ISSN (Online):1873-1392
Published Online:17 April 2003

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
263731Social Geographies of Rural Mental Health: Experiencing Inclusion and ExclusionChristopher PhiloEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)R000238453School of Geographical and Earth Sciences