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Frontières invisibles. : Expériences de personnes prises en charge au long cours par la psychiatrie publique en France

Julien Grard 1 
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IRIS - Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux Sociaux - sciences sociales, politique, santé
Abstract : Based on a 4-year ethnography conducted in a GEM ("groupe d'entraide mutuelle", i.e. mutual help group) located in a major French city, this investigation focuses on the institutional and social construction of experiences and subjectivities of people suffering from mental illness. As objects of knowledge, they are being studied by a wide range of sciences. But in many cases, even among social sciences, those researches focus on the disease itself and address the person as a patient, despite the will of their authors to depict lived experiences. As objects of power, they are or have been supported by various institutions such as social work, psychiatry or strength case management. Relying on a long lasting fieldwork, close to the ordinary, within non-medical settings - and from there, following people in their daily wanderings -, I focus on their experiences, taking what matters to them as a starting point. Reversing the stand point, I approach those who are usually labelled and defined as "users", "patients", "lunatics" or "consumers" as persons. Their experience of illness is set in the context of their life trajectories and of their other social experiences, examining the tension between structural constraints and agency. By questioning the dialectic relations between those experiences, institutional technologies, as well as moral, political and semantic networks which surround them, I show how social statuses interact and contribute to shape persons' daily lives and experiences. Little by little, studying everyday practices and discourses, and observing ways of being-in-the-world, I unravel the social, moral and institutional shaping of subjectivities.
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Julien Grard. Frontières invisibles. : Expériences de personnes prises en charge au long cours par la psychiatrie publique en France. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2011. Français. ⟨tel-00682280v2⟩



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