Rural mental health and social geographies of caring

Parr, H. and Philo, C. (2003) Rural mental health and social geographies of caring. Social and Cultural Geography, 4(4), pp. 471-488. (doi: 10.1080/1464936032000137911)

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This paper contributes to an emerging geographical literature on the social geographies of caring. Drawing on recently undertaken empirical work in the Scottish Highlands, personal accounts about the provision of both formal and informal care for people with mental health problems are evaluated. The notion of ‘community care’ is critiqued, as too are claims about how rural and remote rural locations engender particular configurations of caring roles, practices and relations. It is shown that geographical distance, social proximity, stoic cultures and rural gossip networks all have a part to play in how caring occurs in such places. The paper concludes by suggesting areas of future research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Parr, H., and Philo, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Social and Cultural Geography
ISSN (Online):1470-1197
Published Online:04 June 2010

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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