Embodied and sensory experiences of therapeutic Space: Refugee place-making in an urban allotment

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This article extends theorising on how spaces act therapeutically by using the lens of sensory and embodied ethnography to explore refugee place-making within an urban allotment located in the North West, UK. Findings suggest being physically present when allotment tending has potential to be therapeutic without the need for verbal communication. Physical activity distracted participants from internal stress. Sensory nostalgia provided continuity with past and present selves and the anthropomorphism of plants acted as a reminder to nurture the self and allowed for cathartic telling of stories. Findings are important if places of restoration and healing are to be sought out for refugees.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date2 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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