Love, Michelle, Wilton, Robert and Deverteuil, Geoffrey
'You have to make a new way of life': Women's drug treatment programmes as therapeutic landscapes in Canada
Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 19, (3), . (doi:10.1080/0966369X.2011.609985).
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The concept of the ‘therapeutic landscape’ has been widely applied by health geographers over the past decade and a half. Despite its broad application, the concept has been criticized. Some scholars, for example, have argued that it adopts an overly positive view of the health effects of therapeutics settings. Others have noted a lack of attention to gender. In this article we respond to these limitations by engaging with feminist research on women and drug use to critically examine women’s experiences of the therapeutic space of drug treatment programmes. Drawing on in-depth interviews and participant observation conducted at two sites in southern Ontario, we examine the ways in which programmes’ organizational logics, daily routines and social spaces are shaped by gendered assumptions about the nature of, and solutions to, women’s drug use. In so doing, we contribute to a more nuanced and critically informed understanding of such landscapes.
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