Same, Other, NIMBY and an asylum by the sea: revisiting ‘Not at our seaside’


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The author revisits his paper ‘ “Not at our seaside”: community opposition to a nineteenth-century branch asylum’, published in Area in 1987, beginning with a mini-biography of the paper that explains something of how it sought to work between past and present (between historical and social geography). Attention is given to the paper's highlighting of parallels between older and more recent expressions of NIMBYism in the landscape of mental health provisions, and also to the undercurrents of the paper that sought to position such disputes within a bigger picture historical geography of ‘the Same and the Other’.