Reconfiguring Recovery Beyond Linearity

  • Simone FullagarEmail author
  • Wendy O’Brien
  • Adele Pavlidis


Promoting habits of coping through cognitive behaviour therapy has become a standard policy response to depression, yet such neoliberal appeals to self-care ignore the performative demands of gender that shape the emergence and recurrence of depression. We explore Karen Barad’s notion of nonlinear enfolding through the gendered ‘life course’ as a dynamic relation of spacetime mattering, marked by the heteronormative ‘transitions’ of puberty, motherhood and menopause. Acknowledging the more-than-human relationality of depression-recovery, we consider how biomedical expertise and objects (anti-depressants, ‘the pill’, Hormone Replacement Therapy, natural therapies, waiting lists, therapist bodies) are imbricated in women’s recovery. What becomes muted is the indeterminacy of distress (beyond normative depressive classification), the harmful effects of medication and other ways of ‘doing’ recovery in care-full ways (organisationally, politically, economically).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Fullagar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy O’Brien
    • 3
  • Adele Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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