Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Anthropocene

A Posthuman Inquiry

  • Jamie Mcphie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 311-316

About this book


This book makes the unorthodox claim that there is no such thing as mental health. It also deglamourises nature-based psychotherapies, deconstructs therapeutic landscapes and redefines mental health and wellbeing as an ecological process distributed in the environment – rather than a psychological manifestation trapped within the mind of a human subject. Traditional and contemporary philosophies are merged with new science of the mind as each chapter progressively examples a posthuman account of mental health as physically dispersed amongst things – emoji, photos, tattoos, graffiti, cities, mountains – in this precarious time labelled the Anthropocene. Utilising experimental walks, play scripts and creative research techniques, this book disrupts traditional notions of the subjective self, resulting in an Extended Body Hypothesis – a pathway for alternative narratives of human-environment relations to flourish more ethically. This transdisciplinary inquiry will appeal to anyone interested in non-classificatory accounts of mental health, particularly concerning areas of social and environmental equity – post-nature.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Post-qualitative Inquiry Anthropocene Posthumanism Space and Place Green Space Therapeutic and Restorative Landscapes Nature-culture Relations New Materialisms Contemporary Animism Theory of Mind Psychogeography Rhizoanalysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Jamie Mcphie
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  1. 1.Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor StudiesUniversity of CumbriaAmbleside, CumbriaUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3325-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3326-2
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