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Mental health ecologies and urban wellbeing.

Barua, M; Jadhav, S; Kumar, G; Gupta, U; Justa, P; Sinha, A; (2021) Mental health ecologies and urban wellbeing. Health & Place , 69 , Article 102577. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102577. Green open access

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Abstract

How might urban mental health be understood when animals reconfigure human wellbeing in the lived city? Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork on people and macaques in New Delhi and forging novel conversations between urban studies, ecology and psychiatry, our ontology of urban mental health moves from lived experience of the built environment to those configured by dwelling with various interlocutors: animals, astral bodies and supernatural currents. These relations create microspaces of wellbeing, keeping forces of urban precarity at bay. This paper discusses mental health ecologies in different registers: subjectivity being environmental, its scale being relational rather than binary, enmeshed in the dynamics of other-than-human life, and involving conversations between medical and vernacular practices rather than hierarchies of knowledge.

Type: Article
Title: Mental health ecologies and urban wellbeing.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102577
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102577
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Animal, Clinical anthropology, Mental health, Multispecies ethnography, Psychiatry, Urban
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127494
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