'That awful place was home': Reflections on the contested meanings of Craig Dunain asylum

Parr, H. , Philo, C. and Burns, N. (2003) 'That awful place was home': Reflections on the contested meanings of Craig Dunain asylum. Scottish Geographical Journal, 119(4), pp. 341-360. (doi: 10.1080/00369220318737183)

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The paper explores a particular Scottish asylum geography (Craig Dunain Hospital near Inverness) as a meaningful social space. Drawing on archival evidence and combined with contemporary patient and staff voices, the contested meanings of this institution are discussed. In particular, patient narratives reveal both positive and negative assessments of internal and external asylum spaces. Changing feelings about the asylum are argued to be related to matters of geography, and are conceived in terms of distance from and proximity to the institution.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Nicola and Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Parr, H., Philo, C., and Burns, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Geographical Journal
Publisher:The Royal Scottish Geographical Society
ISSN (Online):1751-665X
Published Online:17 February 2008

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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