Traces of the New Zealand psychiatric hospital: unpacking the place of stigma

Kearns, Robin, Joseph, Alun and Moon, Graham (2012) Traces of the New Zealand psychiatric hospital: unpacking the place of stigma. New Zealand Geographer


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We surveyed the status of former public psychiatric hospitals, asking what has happened to the land and buildings. Drawing on Anderson’s notion of traces, we argued for the transcendent role of stigma in closure processes and in subsequent reuse. We examined the extent to which evidence of mental health care remains at former hospital sites and developed a fivefold classification of end uses – retained health care; trans-institutionalisation (to new institutional uses); residential; commercial; and dereliction. We concluded that while stigma is pervasive in shaping traces of the psychiatric hospital, its effects are filtered by locality-specific factors including commercial potential.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0028-8144 (print)
1745-7939 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Population, Health & Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 343095
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2012In press
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 13:02
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:34

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