Social geographies of rural mental health: experiencing inclusions and exclusions

Nicola Burns, Hester Parr, Chris Philo

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    A dominant urban focus in previous research on the social geographies of mental health has obscured the experiences of people with mental health problems living in rural localities. Critiquing this urban focus, we report on research conducted in the rural and remote Scottish Highlands. Evidence derived from in-depth interviews with over 100 users of psychiatric services in the Highlands is deployed to investigate the complex socio-spatial dynamics of inclusion and exclusion experienced by these users on a daily basis. A discussion of the explanations that users themselves offer of their experiences is accompanied by a theoretical framing of these issues pivoting on relations of proximity-distance and intimacy-repulsion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)401-419
    Number of pages18
    JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


    • social geographies
    • rural mental health
    • geographic studies
    • inclusion


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