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Bethel House, located in a small fishing village in northern Japan, was founded in 1984 as an intentional community for people with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. Using a unique, community approach to psychosocial recovery, Bethel House focuses as much on social integration as on therapeutic work. As a centerpiece of this approach, Bethel House started its own businesses in order to create employment and socialization opportunities for its residents and to change public attitudes toward the mentally ill, but also quite unintentionally provided a significant boost to the distressed local economy. Through its work programs, communal living, and close relationship between hospital and town, Bethel has been remarkably successful in carefully reintegrating its members into Japanese society. It has become known as a model alternative to long-term institutionalization.

In A Disability of the Soul, Karen Nakamura explores how the members of this unique community struggle with their lives, their illnesses, and the meaning of community. Told through engaging historical narrative, insightful ethnographic vignettes, and compelling life stories, her account of Bethel House depicts its achievements and setbacks, its promises and limitations.

The print edition of the book is accompanied by a DVD containing two fascinating documentaries about Bethel made by the author-Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan and A Japanese Funeral (winner of the Society for Visual Anthropology Short Film Award and the Society for East Asian Anthropology David Plath Media Award). The ebook contains a link to the site where readers can stream both films.

A Disability of the Soul is a sensitive and multidimensional portrait of what it means to live with mental illness in contemporary Japan.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. A Note on Language
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. Arrivals
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Memory and Catharsis: Kiyoshi’s Story
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. 2. Psychiatry in Japan
  2. pp. 35-69
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  1. Coming of Age in Japan: Rika’s Story
  2. pp. 70-86
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  1. 3. Hokkaido and Christianity
  2. pp. 87-100
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  1. 4. The Founding of Bethel
  2. pp. 101-113
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  1. UFOs and Other Mass Delusions: Kohei’s Story
  2. pp. 114-132
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  1. 5. The Doctor and the Hospital
  2. pp. 133-155
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  1. Thirty-Seven Years of Institutionalization: Why Did Yuzuru Never Want to Leave the Hospital?
  2. pp. 156-162
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  1. 6. Bethel Therapies
  2. pp. 163-186
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  1. Peer Support and a Meaningful Life: Gen’s Story
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. 7. Departures
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. 8. Beyond Bethel: A Postscript
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. References
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-248
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801467998
Related ISBN
9780801478611
MARC Record
OCLC
1080551604
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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