Assisted democracy: On dilemmas in practicing democracy and participation within psychosocial rehabilitation

Birgitta Frello, Anne Mia Steno

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The presentation explores local democratic processes among service users, who live in a Danish residential housing facility for young adults with severe mental problems. In Denmark, psychosocial rehabilitation involve ideals of inclusion, autonomy, democracy and participation. These ideals are underlined both by the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and by the turn towards ‘recovery’ in mental health care – both of which point to the importance of including the service users’ own perspectives and voices. The question, however, is how these ideals work (or don’t work) in practice? How do service users participate in local democratic processes? And how are different forms of participation recognized as legitimate? The study is based on two parallel anthropological field studies among social workers and service users respectively in a residential housing facility with 10 residents. It includes both informal and in-depth interviews (28 transcribed and coded interviews) and field observations (553 hours).
Publikationsdato12 apr. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 12 apr. 2019
BegivenhedECSWR 2019 - KU Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences, Leuven, Belgien
Varighed: 10 apr. 201912 apr. 2019


KonferenceECSWR 2019
LokationKU Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences