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Space, Place and Mental Health


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Contents: Foreword; Mens sana in corpore sano? Introduction to geographical perspectives on health of the mind and body; 'Virtuous landscapes': therapeutic material settings; Material hazards and risks for mental health; Resilience, social capital and social integration; Anomie, status anxiety and fear: socio-spatial relations and mental ill-health; Dreamscapes and imagined spaces: the meaning of place for identity, spirituality and mental health; Post-asylum geographies of mental health care: spaces for therapy and treatment; Place, space and population mental health; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Sarah Curtis is Professor of Geography at the University of Durham, UK


'As public, academic, and policy interest in mental health and well-being continues to grow, we need compelling social science contributions to the debates. Sarah Curtis offers a wonderful synthesis of research undertaken by those with a geographical imagination. This examination of the importance of place and spatial context is a timely and important book.' Tony Gatrell, Lancaster University, UK 'Sarah Curtis has produced a landmark work, deftly demonstrating the power of geographical perspectives in understanding how mental well-being is the product of inter-related material, social and symbolic environments. Inspired by complexity theory, this thought-provoking text weaves a critical and comprehensive journey across multi-disciplinary sources concerning the "relational spaces" of our mental health. Relevant and agenda-setting, Space, Place and Mental Health will be an essential and well-used resource for researchers, teachers and informed practitioners.' Hester Parr, University of Glasgow, UK 'Overall, in Space, Place and Mental Health, Curtis succeeds in providing an interdisciplinary synthesis of research. The depth of engagement with the theoretical and empirical work reviewed in the book allows the reader to gain a uniquely holistic understanding of a complex set of ideas. The author's own photographs and commentary ground the high level theoretical ideas throughout and the landscape metaphors never feel laboured. The book takes the reader on a winding path through forests, disasters, dreams and clinics - it's an enjoyable journey.' Journal of Housing and Built Environment 'For this reader, the book strikes the right balance between explaining new concepts in a clear and understandable manner for students at undergraduate level and satisfying the postgraduate need for comprehensive analysis of both research and theory.' Disability & Society

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