(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Selling the colonial spa town : The contested therapeutic landscapes of Lisdoonvarna and Te Aroha

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FOLEY R. (1) ; WHEELER A. (2) ; KEARNS R. (2) ;
(1) Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, IRLANDE
(2) School of Environment, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NOUVELLE-ZELANDE


Drawing on a comparison between two spa towns, Te Aroha in New Zealand and Lisdoonvarna in Ireland, a number of critical therapeutic landscapes themes are explored. Two themes are studied in empirical depth, the first being the commodification of health and place within common spa town narratives from the mid-nineteenth century to the early- to mid-twentieth century. A second core theme concerns itself with the contested identities of the watering-place, in relation to the relative importance of health over social identities. In the tangled narratives of both towns’ health histories, the AA. argue there is much to be learned about spatial similarities and variations in a process whereby place is commodified and sold on its reputational therapeutic characteristics.


Article of periodic

published at : Irish geography / ISSN 1939-4055

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1944)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 44, no2-3 [pp. 151-172]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 1 tabl.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/00750778.2011.616059

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