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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2012
Organisations: PHEW – C (Care), Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)


Local EPrints ID: 343095
ISSN: 0028-8144
PURE UUID: 2599666b-9170-4810-bac0-33ba25a7c9ef
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2012 13:02
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:24

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