Everyday spaces of mental distress: the spatial habituation of home

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Tucker, I. 2009. Everyday spaces of mental distress: the spatial habituation of home. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 28 (3), pp. 526-538.
AuthorsTucker, I.
Abstract

Theorising psychological activity as a spatial product appears a logical extension of moves in social theory to emphasise the role of space and place in the consideration of experience. Catalysed by turns in social and human geographies to highlight the role of space and location in constituting psychological activity, various forms of the ‘spatialisation of experience’ have emerged. In this paper I will follow this theoretical direction in relation to the underlying destabilisation of everyday life that emerges as a product of theoretical formations that emphasise the fluidity of space. More specifically, I will take the example of the home as a central space in the ongoing activity of people with enduring mental distress. Forging a theoretical line that takes in geographies of mental health, the home, and finally, Gilles Deleuze’s work on ‘repetition’ and ‘habit’, I will analyse the role of home spaces in everyday life. Key here is a concern regarding the impact of theoretical emphases on continuity, mobility, and instability on understandings of the everyday lives of mental health service users. This includes addressing conceptualisations of the home space alongside the activities of the people who occupy, and hence co-make, such spaces. The article concludes by framing ‘spatial habituation’ of the everyday as central to creating a perceivable stability, analysis of which can aid understanding of the challenges facing people suffering with mental distress.

Keywordssocial theory; mental distress; human geographies; mental health service users
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Journal citation28 (3), pp. 526-538
ISSN0263-7758
Year2009
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d14808
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1103
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PrintApr 2009
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Dec 2010
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Tucker, I.M. (2010) ‘Everyday spaces of mental distress: The spatial habituation of home.’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28 (3) 526-538.

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