This book is part of the `Critical Human Geography’ series, which is aimed at final year undergraduates and postgraduates. It provides a significant contribution to the everwidening horizons of: disability and health geographies, (post)-medical geographies, and geographies of mental ill health. The book comprises 15 chapters by some established and emerging social scientists. A variety of empirical and theoretical stances are taken, which, the editors claim, demonstrate some of the diversity of both the lived experience of disability and the way in which society disables impaired people.
Mind and Body Spaces highlights new international research from Britain, USA, Canada and Australia, on bodily impairment, mental health and disabled peoples social worlds. The contributors discuss a variety of current issues including: historical conceptions of the body and behaviour, contemporary political activism, matters of identity and employment, accessible housing, parenthood and child carers, psychiatric medication use, masculinity and sexuality, autobiography, social exclusion and inclusion.
The contributors are: Hester Parr, Ruth Butler, Rob Imrie, Michael L. Dorn, Deborah Carter Park, John Radford, Brendan Gleeson, Isabel Dyck, Edward Hall, Pamela Moss, Gill Valentine, Christine Milligan, Flora Gathorne-Hardy, Jane Stables, Fiona Smith and Vera Chouinard.