Therapeutic Landscapes The Dynamic Between Place and Wellness

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-11-03
  • Publisher: UPA
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Academics, health practitioners, and the general population increasingly recognize the importance of place as an essential element in the development of identity, health, and overall well-being. Although therapeutic landscapes have been traditionally associated with special places such as hot springs, this book expands the concept by exploring the healing applications of space from social, anthropological, and health care delivery perspectives. The essays in this collection examine a number of related topics including the health-promoting qualities of specific physical environments, the significance of place for the de-institutionalized and homeless, and the role of therapeutic landscapes in health care facilities. Drawing on their experiences in Britain, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, the contributors offer diverse perspectives and new insights on the relationship between place and wellness. Public health practitioners, medical and health professionals, urban planners, and policy makers as well as academics studying the health and social sciences will find this book of great interest.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface vii
Acknowledgments viii
Allison Williams
Section 1: Therapeutic Landscapes as Healing Places
Rehabilitating Middle England: Integrating Ecology, Aesthetics, and Ethics
Morag Bell
Accessible Wilderness as a Therapeutic Landscape: Experiencing the Nature of Denali National Park, Alaska
Eugene Palka
Summer Camp as a Therapeutic Landscape
Christopher Thurber
Jon Malinowski
Place Identity and Therapeutic Landscapes: The Case of Home Care Workers in a Medically Underserviced Area
Allison Williams
Section 2: Therapeutic Landscapes and the ``Marginalized''
Compromised Space: Contests over the Provision of a Therapeutic Environment for People with Mental Illness
Martha Geores
Wilbert Gesler
Mental Health and the Therapeutic Geographies of the City: Individual and Collective Negotiations
Hester Parr
The Street Gives and the Street Takes: Designing Housing for the Chronically Homeless
Rae Bridgman
Section 3: Symbolic Landscapes in Health Care Systems
Auckland's Starship Enterprise: Placing Metaphor in a Children's Hospital
Robin A. Kearns
J. Ross Barnett
Healing Landscapes: Revolution and Health Care in Post-Socialist Havana
Joseph Scarpaci
Place, Space, and Geographies of Health Care: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
John Mohan
Index 245(2)
About the Contributors 247

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