Heterotopias of control: Placing the material in experiences of mental health service use and community living.

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McGrath, L. and Reavey, P. 2013. Heterotopias of control: Placing the material in experiences of mental health service use and community living. Health & Place. 22, pp. 123-131.
AuthorsMcGrath, L. and Reavey, P.
Abstract

Concrete sites of mental health care have been argued to be relatively ‘forgotten’ under a community care model emphasising social inclusion and personalisation (Spandler, 2007, Bowers et al., 2005, Bowers et al., 2006, Bowers et al., 2009 and Quirk et al., 2006). Drawing on two sets of data, visual interviews conducted with service users and already published narratives of distress; this paper examines the role of the material layout of these spaces in the production and negotiation of service users' subjectivity. Service use sites are here argued to partially act as ‘heterotopias’ (Foucault, 1986) of ‘control’ (Deleuze, 1992), with the detail of the material environments, dominated by observation, locks and barriers, acting to ‘make visible’ to service users a devalued and stigmatised service user position. Strategies to moderate this ‘modulated’ (Deleuze, 1992) subjectivity are described in community spaces, including using home, work or exercise spaces to moderate such a subject position.

KeywordsMental Health; Space and place; Foucault
JournalHealth & Place
Journal citation22, pp. 123-131
ISSN1353-8292
Year2013
PublisherElsevier
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CC BY-NC-ND
Publication dates
Print25 Apr 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Sep 2015
Accepted22 Mar 2013
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