Interpreting the ‘hidden social geographies’ of mental health: ethnographies of inclusion and exclusion in semi-institutional places

Parr, H. (2000) Interpreting the ‘hidden social geographies’ of mental health: ethnographies of inclusion and exclusion in semi-institutional places. Health and Place, 6(3), pp. 225-237. (doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(00)00025-3)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1353-8292(00)00025-3

Abstract

This paper critically evaluates, through use of covert ethnographic materials, an inner-city drop-in as a semi-institutional place where the identities of people with mental health problems are influenced by social processes of inclusion and exclusion. It is demonstrated, through an in-depth interpretative approach, that it is possible to understand more about the micro-geographies which make up deinstitutionalised landscapes, and about the social relations which characterise these. Key to this paper are findings which indicate that people with mental health problems cannot be understood as a straightforwardly homogenous ‘excluded’ grouping, and that mainstream processes of boundary maintenance are in operation among these constructed ‘others’.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parr, Professor Hester
Authors: Parr, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Health and Place
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1353-8292
ISSN (Online):1873-2054

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