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Is the rural idyll bad for your health? Stigma and exclusion in the English countryside

Watkins, Francine and Jacoby, Ann (2007) Is the rural idyll bad for your health? Stigma and exclusion in the English countryside. Health & Place, 13 (4). pp. 851-864. ISSN 1873-2054 (Online); 1353-8292 (Print)

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The aim of this paper is to challenge assumptions that life in the English countryside is a healthy existence. This paper proposes that public health practitioners should consider the problems of stigma and social exclusion sometimes faced by individuals in rural areas. Using ethnographic research from a village in South East England the experiences of several individuals are examined to illustrate how stigma impacts on the health and well-being of those supposedly living in the rural idyll. It also argues for more ethnographic research to be conducted in health studies, particularly in rural areas, to gain deeper insight into health experiences.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Available online 12 April 2007. Issue Date: December 2007.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rural; health; stigma; ethnography
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Medicine > School of Population, Community & Behavioural Sciences
ID Code:286
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 12:52
Last Modified:04 Jul 2013 15:54

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