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From the Publisher"Hester Parr's book delivers a welcome and unusually close-upengagement with the practiced geographies of mental health." (Area,December 2010)
"This inspiring book offers a highly original account of thesocial spaces created and inhabited by people with mental healthproblems. Hester Parr paints a vivid picture, which foregroundshopeful possibilities for empowerment and integration. It will beinvaluable to anyone seeking to understand mental (ill) health inthe twenty-first century."
Liz Bondi, University of Edinburgh
"Parr’s efforts to advance a 'cautiousoptimism”'about the lived social geographies of people withmental health problems, based on rich empirical material andthoughtful conceptual articulation, make this an essential read foranyone interested in the changing social geographies of mentalhealth. The book also has considerable relevance for broaderdebates about social inclusion and active citizenship incontemporary Western societies."
Robert Wilton, McMaster University
“Parr has … redefine[ed] ‘the mentalpatient’, a crucial undertaking if social citizenship forpeople with mental illness is to become an enduring reality.”Metapsychology
“This book could appeal to psychologists who enjoyrelevant work in other disciplines, who find ideas of people likeFreud and Foucault interesting, and who value small casestudies.” PsycCritiques