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Re-placement of selves – An anthropological study of place-based engagement in a Danish community health center

Kay Ewald, Simon LU (2016) SANM03 20161
Department of Sociology
Social Anthropology
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This thesis is an anthropological study on how a group of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] construct meaning in a community center in Copenhagen. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate how place can be understood as a factor that plays into well-being and recovery. Based on a case study of a Danish community health center, this study shows how users construct significant lives through stories of their past. The accounts of their past are a way of escaping their present, and, the social practice is mediated by the place. Applying the Foucauldian concept of Heterotopia, the community center is seen as a refuge – a counter place to societal order - and takes on emancipatory character for its... (More)
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This thesis is an anthropological study on how a group of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] construct meaning in a community center in Copenhagen. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate how place can be understood as a factor that plays into well-being and recovery. Based on a case study of a Danish community health center, this study shows how users construct significant lives through stories of their past. The accounts of their past are a way of escaping their present, and, the social practice is mediated by the place. Applying the Foucauldian concept of Heterotopia, the community center is seen as a refuge – a counter place to societal order - and takes on emancipatory character for its users. However, it is precisely this counter-character of the place that prevents the users from rejoining the world outside. (Less)
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This thesis is an anthropological study on how a group of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] construct meaning in a community center in Copenhagen. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate how place can be understood as a factor that plays into well-being and recovery. Based on a case study of a Danish community health center, this study shows how users construct significant lives through stories of their past. The accounts of their past are a way of escaping their present, and, the social practice is mediated by the place. Applying the Foucauldian concept of Heterotopia, the community center is seen as a refuge – a counter place to societal order - and takes on emancipatory character for its users.... (More)
This thesis is an anthropological study on how a group of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] construct meaning in a community center in Copenhagen. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate how place can be understood as a factor that plays into well-being and recovery. Based on a case study of a Danish community health center, this study shows how users construct significant lives through stories of their past. The accounts of their past are a way of escaping their present, and, the social practice is mediated by the place. Applying the Foucauldian concept of Heterotopia, the community center is seen as a refuge – a counter place to societal order - and takes on emancipatory character for its users. However, it is precisely this counter-character of the place that prevents the users from rejoining the world outside. (Less)
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Kay Ewald, Simon LU
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SANM03 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Place, Heterotopia, Anthropology, Mental illness, Refugees, Healthcare system, Denmark
language
English
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8891466
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2016-09-12 12:25:32
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  abstract     = {Abstract: 

This thesis is an anthropological study on how a group of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] construct meaning in a community center in Copenhagen. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate how place can be understood as a factor that plays into well-being and recovery. Based on a case study of a Danish community health center, this study shows how users construct significant lives through stories of their past. The accounts of their past are a way of escaping their present, and, the social practice is mediated by the place. Applying the Foucauldian concept of Heterotopia, the community center is seen as a refuge – a counter place to societal order - and takes on emancipatory character for its users. However, it is precisely this counter-character of the place that prevents the users from rejoining the world outside.},
  author       = {Kay Ewald, Simon},
  keyword      = {Place,Heterotopia,Anthropology,Mental illness,Refugees,Healthcare system,Denmark},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Re-placement of selves – An anthropological study of place-based engagement in a Danish community health center},
  year         = {2016},
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