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Therapeutic Landscapes: The Dynamic Between Place and Wellness

Therapeutic Landscapes: The Dynamic Between Place and Wellness


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761814917
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 11/03/1999
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Allison Williams is Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Rehabilitating Middle England: Integrating Ecology, Aesthetics, and Ethics chapter 3 Accessible Wilderness as a Therapeutic Landscape: Experiencing the Nature of Denali National Park, Alaska chapter 4 Summer Camp as a Therapeutic Landscape chapter 5 Place Identity and Therapeutic Landscapes: The Case of Home Care Workers in a Medically Underserviced Area chapter 6 Compromised Space: Contests over the Provision of a Therapeutic Environment for People with Mental Illness chapter 7 Mental Health and the Therapeutic Geographies of the City: Individual and Collective Negotiations chapter 8 The Street Gives and the Street Takes: Designing Housing for the Chronically Homeless chapter 9 Auckland's Starship Enterprise: Placing Metaphor in a Children's Hospital chapter 10 Healing Landscapes: Revolution and Health Care in Post-Socialist Havana chapter 11 Place, Space, and Geographies of Health Care: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives chapter 12 Index

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