Mind and Body Spaces: Geographies of Illness, Impairment and Disability

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Science - 307 pages
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Just as geographies of race, gender, class and sexuality have drawn attention to how complex power relations in society are spatialized, so geographies of illness and impairment offer a deeper understanding of the world. In recent years geographers have increasingly engaged with both the theoretical debates surrounding ill or impaired bodies, and also the lived realities of ill/impaired experience. This text highlights international research (from Britain, USA, Canada, Australia) on bodily impairment, mental health and disabling social worlds. Its fusion of geographical analyses provide a commentary on a range of different spatial settings, including the nation, urban and rural spaces, work spaces, the caring institution, the street and the home, in which different minds and bodies are always located. The contributors discuss varied issues concerning physical impairment and mental health, ranging from historical conceptions of the body and behaviour to contemporary political activism.
 

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Contents

The body disability and Le Corbusiers conception
25
The moral topography of intemperance
46
Rhetoric and place in the mental deficiency asylum
70
Can technology overcome the disabling city?
98
women the workplace and negotiations
119
refiguring the disability employment
138
the body masculinities
167
interpreting different
181
Double the trouble or twice the fun? Disabled bodies
203
a geography of mental illhealth
221
social justice disability
240
narratives of disabled
256
disabled womens activism in Canada
269
Index
295
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University of Hull

Hester Parr is Reader in Human Geography at the University of Dundee. She has worked on questions of mental health for over ten years, publishing in a range of journals, including "Society and Space, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, Health and Place" and "Social and Cultural Geography,

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