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The role of the ‘ambiguous home’ in service users’ management of their mental health

Lowe, J. and Deverteuil, G. ORCID: 2022. The role of the ‘ambiguous home’ in service users’ management of their mental health. Social and Cultural Geography 23 (3) 10.1080/14649365.2020.1744706

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Research on mental health geographies and housing has focused on pattern and distribution, rather than social and cultural constructions of home. Here we attempt to understand meanings and roles of home for individuals with mental illness in the UK within the context of a deep-seated housing crisis. The discussion is sharpened by the notion of the ambiguous home, ranging from a place for retreat, separation or even isolation from the world, with experiences of recovery, stability or wellness, to home as something more negative, in which distress or illness flourished, and in which people became entrapped or from which they sought relief. Three themes crosscut this range of experiences: home as material object; home as relational; and home as rhythm.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-9365
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 March 2020
Date of Acceptance: 2 February 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 07:45

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