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"It used to be here but moved somewhere else": post-asylum spatialisations – a new urban frontier? "C’était là mais ils ont déménagé ailleurs": les spatialisations de l’après-asile – une nouvelle frontière? "Solía estar aquí, pero se trasladó a otro lugar": espacializaciones post-asilo — ¿una nueva frontera urbana?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
2016 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, 1-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a number of spatialisations of mental health care in Sweden, exemplifying these spatialities in three vignettes drawn from the Swedish post-asylum landscape. Working with the notion of a ‘new urban frontier’, I examine: (1) how these landscapes have been transformed by processes of decentralisation and austerity measures; (2) how this transformation plays out within and through physical space; and (3) the new spatial relations that are produced through such transformations. The idea of ‘landscapes of care’ and the concept of ‘multiscalarity’ are used to understand the changing spatialisations evident in mental health care, and the shift we are presently witnessing which replaces the tangible spaces of ‘bricks and mortar’ of the past with, rather, a diversity of settings, localisations and administrations. The empirical material that forms the basis of the analysis derives from a larger study of spatial discourses in Swedish mental health care, which I carried out between 2008 and 2011. The paper concludes with some thoughts on the kinds of spatial relations evident within the post-asylum landscape of formal mental health care in times of austerity and decentralisation, wherein I consider whether these spatialisations can be regarded as a ‘new urban frontier of care’.

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Routledge, 2016. 1-22 p.
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13315DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1239753ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84990942792OAI: diva2:1044010
Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-11-08Bibliographically approved

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