Urban Life & Mental-health Fitzgerald, Rose & Singh

I wish that we would drop the term “mental” from such concerns but still worth a read:
“This research reminds us that if we are to meaningfully understand contemporary landscapes of urban distress, and the ideologies that produce and sustain them, then we need to pay attention to the biological traces that are produced through the practices and ideologies of the city. Taking up the task begun by Faris and Dunham, social scientists and policy makers will need to learn to see how the social life of the city is inseparable from the biological life of the body and the brain. It is precisely through the generation of such a ‘politics of life’ that we see the potential for more attention to biological research on social phenomena. Certainly, much refinement is needed. But we suggest that the first step is to leave behind the conceptual tools of twentieth century critique – biologisation, medicalisation – and to begin to build an analytic framework for our own century, one that can learn, again, to track and understand the mutually constitutive relationships between biology, and embodiment, and social suffering.”

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