Fællesskabets betydning i selvansvarliggørelsens tidsalder: Om vinterjordbær, recovery og kollektivt (selv)ansvar i Japan.

Translated title of the contribution: The meaning of community in a time of self-responsibilization: On winter strawberries, recovery and collective (self)responsibility in Japan

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Abstract

The article questions and problematizes the way in which self-responsibility is individualized as part of recovery from mental illness. Anchored in cultural-historical activity theory and ecological psychology, the article seeks to explore and discuss how individual and collective responsibility is intimately intertwined and, subsequently, consider the implications in relation to social-psychiatric practice. The empirical material consists of participant observations from Bethel House, a Japanese social-psychiatric facility, where the main motto is “By myself, with others”. Here, work is centered around ‘tohjisha kenkyu’, an explorative approach to mental illness, along with a strong community of practice based on, among other things, the collective production of strawberries and kombu. The article points to the necessity of prioritizing meaningful social communities in social-psychiatric recovery work in order to facilitate the development of self-responsibility. Otherwise, the demand for self-responsibility bears the risk of becoming yet another individualizing measure that may ultimately prevent that which it is meant to support, namely recovery.
Translated title of the contributionThe meaning of community in a time of self-responsibilization: On winter strawberries, recovery and collective (self)responsibility in Japan
Original languageDanish
JournalTidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund
Volume18
Issue number34
Pages (from-to)133-158
Number of pages158
ISSN1604-3405
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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