The (un)habitual geographies of Social Anxiety Disorder

Boyle, L. (2019) The (un)habitual geographies of Social Anxiety Disorder. Social Science and Medicine, 231, pp. 31-37. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.03.002) (PMID:29525271)

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This article investigates experiences of Social Anxiety Disorder (‘social anxiety’) with reference to recent geographical debates on habit. It considers how habit simultaneously captures (un)reflective modes of being in the world and the foreboding disruptive capacity of uncertainty as people attempt to adapt to, negotiate and manage everyday life with social anxiety. Drawing on lived accounts from online questionnaires and online interviews with people diagnosed, or self-diagnosing, with social anxiety, it uncovers the relational and embodied practices—and the inherent spatialities of such practices—that enable individuals to (re)gain control of their socio-spatial surroundings. It also considers the capacity for habits to become disrupted and displaced through pervasive anxieties and persistent rumination and anticipation, situated within the context of participants' everyday lives. This analysis highlights the social, spatial and temporal dimensions of socially anxious experiences. Overall, by interpreting lived experience in this way, this article introduces a socio-spatial dynamic to otherwise extremely limited accounts of social anxiety found outside of the dominant biomedical framework.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Louise
Authors: Boyle, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Social Science and Medicine
ISSN (Online):0277-9536
Published Online:02 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Social Science and Medicine 231:31-37
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
591541ESRC Doctoral Training Centre 2011...Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/J500136/1VPO VICE PRINCIPAL RESEARCH & ENTERPRISE