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Mental health ecologies and urban wellbeing.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Jadhav, Sushrut 
Kumar, Gunjesh 
Gupta, Urvi 
Justa, Priyanka 

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.

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Keywords

Animal, Clinical anthropology, Mental health, Multispecies ethnography, Psychiatry, Urban, Anthropology, Cultural, Built Environment, Cities, Humans, Mental Health, Urban Health

Journal Title

Health Place

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Journal ISSN

1353-8292
1873-2054

Volume Title

69

Publisher

Elsevier BV
Sponsorship
European Research Council (759239)