In the nineteenth century, 'the mad' were segregated in special asylum spaces; in the later twentieth century, these spaces were dismantled and patients discharged into the community. Now, in the twenty-first century, ‘community care’ is still in vogue, but what has happened to the people with mental health problems? Stories of neglect, ghettoization, homicide, and reinstitutionalization regularly litter the pages of newspapers and academic journals. Is this the whole story? Are those with severe and enduring mental health problems still living on the edges of society?
This book illuminates the complicated reality of people living with mental health problems. It focuses on their voices, relationships, and achievements through case studies tracing innovative examples of community activity that are creating versions of social tolerance, social recovery, and peer and self-help for this consistently marginalized group. People with mental health problems are active in rescripting their own social recoveries, using different community spaces to create pathways to psychological and social stability.
|Series:||RGS-IBG Book Series , #13|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.72(d)|
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Preface viii
Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Geographies of Difference: Understanding Mental (Ill) Health and Social Space 1
Placing Mental Health: Community, Inclusion and Citizenship 31
Cultural Landscapes: Rural Communities and Mental Health 57
Therapeutic Natures? Urban Gardening, Citizenship and Social Inclusion 80
Artistic Spaces: The Arts and Mental Health 106
Virtual Communities: The Internet and Online Geographies of Self-Help 135
Conclusion: Innovative Geographies of Mental Health 162