Space, Process Philosophy and Mental Distress

By Ian Tucker.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Theorising psychological activity as a spatial product appears a logical extension of moves in social theory to emphasise the role of space and place in the consideration of experience. Catalysed by turns in social and human geographies to highlight the role of space and location in constituting psychological activity, various forms of the ‘spatialisation of experience’ have emerged (e.g. Middleton & Brown, 2005; Thrift, 2008). In this paper I will explore some of these in relation to the underlying destabilisation of everyday life that emerges as a product of process-oriented theoretical formations. More specifically, I will take the example of the home as a central space in the ongoing activity of people with enduring mental distress. Forging a theoretical line that takes in spatial theories and Deleuze and Guattari, I will address questions that arise as a result of a process-philosophical model of experience, in relation to the everyday spaces of community mental health service users. Key here is a concern regarding the impact of theoretical emphases on continuity, mobility and instability on understandings of the everyday lives of mental health service users. This includes addressing conceptualisations of the home space, alongside the activities of the people who occupy, and hence co-make, such spaces. The article concludes by framing routinsation of the everyday as central to creating a perceivable stability, which is core to the concerns of living whilst susceptible to mental distress.

Keywords: Process Philosophy, Community Mental Health Service Use, Deleuze, Guattari, Home Spaces

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 11, pp.165-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.131MB).

Dr. Ian Tucker

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, University of East London, London, UK


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