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Austerity Britain, poverty management and the missing geographies of mental health

Lowe, James and DeVerteuil, Geoffrey ORCID: 2020. Austerity Britain, poverty management and the missing geographies of mental health. Health and Place 64 , 102358. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102358

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This paper presents the lived experiences of individuals with mental illness as they navigate the benefits landscape in an age of welfare reform in the UK. We focus on the impacts upon their well-being and daily geographies. We articulate the relationship between welfare reform and mental health using the concept of poverty management and its ‘missing geographies’, in which everyday well-being and routines are dismissed by the restructuring welfare system. We liken this dismissal to a shift towards a narrower and more unforgiving mode of poverty management, where even the smallest misstep can unravel the entire edifice of everyday survival and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 20 May 2020
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 23:21

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