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'That awful place was home': reflections on the contested meanings of Craig Dunain asylum

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  • Hester Parr
  • Chris Philo
  • Nicola Burns
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Scottish Geographical Journal
Issue number4
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)341-360
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The paper explores a particular Scottish asylum geography (Craig Dunain Hospital near Inverness) as a meaningful social space. Drawing on archival evidence and combined with contemporary patient and staff voices, the contested meanings of this institution are discussed. In particular, patient narratives reveal both positive and negative assessments of internal and external asylum spaces. Changing feelings about the asylum are argued to be related to matters of geography, and are conceived in terms of distance from and proximity to the institution.