Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward

Struggles for a space ‘in between’

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Abstract

This chapter explores the significance of the smoking room in a mental health ward in Denmark – as a place of struggle, regulation and resistance. The smoking room in the study constitutes space at once produced as 'other' and subject to discipline and regulation. Initially a hidden presence time became visible as an active participant in defining the smoking room; the time used in the smoking room turns out to be subject to regulation. At the same time the smoking room also becomes a platform for resistance, which allows for struggles to emerge for the right of access, ownership and self-determination. Mental health wards are not just 'clinical spaces' or places for treatment. Ward D occupied one floor in a building surrounded by other mental health wards, next to a middle-sized town in Denmark. A close analysis indicates that the conflict may be understood as a struggle about two fundamental aspects at a mental health ward: time and bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe handbook of Mental Health and Space : Community and Clinical Applications
EditorsLaura McGrath, Paula Reavey
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2018
Chapter1
ISBN (Print)9781138643932, 9781138643949
ISBN (Electronic)9781315620312, 9781317216605
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Ringer, A., & Holen, M. (2018). Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward: Struggles for a space ‘in between’. In L. McGrath, & P. Reavey (Eds.), The handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications New York: Routledge.
Ringer, Agnes ; Holen, Mari. / Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward : Struggles for a space ‘in between’. The handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. editor / Laura McGrath ; Paula Reavey. New York : Routledge, 2018.
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Ringer, A & Holen, M 2018, Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward: Struggles for a space ‘in between’. in L McGrath & P Reavey (eds), The handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. Routledge, New York.

Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward : Struggles for a space ‘in between’. / Ringer, Agnes; Holen, Mari.

The handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. ed. / Laura McGrath; Paula Reavey. New York : Routledge, 2018.

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Ringer A, Holen M. Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward: Struggles for a space ‘in between’. In McGrath L, Reavey P, editors, The handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. New York: Routledge. 2018