A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan

A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan

Karen Nakamura


Bethel condo, situated in a small fishing village in northern Japan, used to be based in 1984 as an intentional neighborhood for individuals with schizophrenia and different psychiatric issues. utilizing a different, neighborhood method of psychosocial restoration, Bethel condo focuses as a lot on social integration as on healing paintings. As a centerpiece of this procedure, Bethel residence begun its personal companies that allows you to create employment and socialization possibilities for its citizens and to alter public attitudes towards the mentally ailing, but in addition fairly accidentally supplied an important increase to the distressed neighborhood financial system. via its paintings courses, communal residing, and shut courting among clinic and city, Bethel has been remarkably profitable in conscientiously reintegrating its contributors into eastern society. It has turn into referred to as a version substitute to long term institutionalization.

In A incapacity of the Soul, Karen Nakamura explores how the participants of this special neighborhood fight with their lives, their health problems, and the which means of group. instructed via attractive old narrative, insightful ethnographic vignettes, and compelling existence tales, her account of Bethel condo depicts its achievements and setbacks, its provides and barriers. The publication is followed by way of a DVD containing interesting documentaries approximately Bethel made by means of the author―Bethel: neighborhood and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan and A jap Funeral (winner of the Society for visible Anthropology brief movie Award and the Society for East Asian Anthropology David Plath Media Award). A incapacity of the Soul is a delicate and multidimensional portrait of what it ability to stay with psychological disease in modern Japan.

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