Fleeing the city within: a mental health perspective
Sweeney, D & Pollard, DA 2002, 'Fleeing the city within: a mental health perspective', Transformations, vol 2, pp 1-9.
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This paper examines the mentally ill as a subculture residing within the alternative cultural landscape of Byron Bay. The positioning of the mentally ill as a subculture is an intentional feature of the investigation which aims to view the mentally ill as culturally unique. Drawing on the work of Baldwin, Longhurst, McCracken, Ogborn and Smith (1998), and focussing specifically on their treatment of subcultures, the paper will explore the relationships which exist between the mentally ill and mainstream society.