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Selling the private asylum: therapeutic landscapes and the (re)valorization of confinement in the era of community care

Moon, Graham, Kearns, Robin and Joseph, Alun (2006) Selling the private asylum: therapeutic landscapes and the (re)valorization of confinement in the era of community care Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31, (2), pp. 131-149. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2006.00208.x).

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This paper examines the role of place in the positioning and survival of the contemporary private asylum. While community care is now the dominant mental health care modality in most Western health economies, some asylum care has survived, often in the private sector, catering for a clientele able and willing to pay for a non-standard approach to care. We consider how landscapes, buildings and services provide a basis for marketing and selling asylum care. Drawing on fieldwork, documentary analysis and visual evidence, we analyse the representational strategies of the Homewood Health Centre Inc. (Ontario, Canada), the Ashburn Private Psychiatric Clinic (Dunedin, New Zealand) and the acute psychiatric hospitals within the Priory Group (UK). The paper draws conclusions about the role of therapeutic landscapes in the contemporary asylum, place marketing and the (re)valorization of historical ideas of asylum.

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Published date: June 2006
Keywords: therapeutic landscapes, asylum, private mental health care
Organisations: Economy Culture & Space, PHEW – C (Care)


Local EPrints ID: 46464
ISSN: 0020-2754
PURE UUID: eabbd315-a543-429e-9e1a-ade3cb439bdd
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 02 Jul 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:07

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