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Author Myers, Neely Laurenzo, 1979- author

Title Recovery's edge : an ethnography of mental health care and moral agency / Neely Laurenzo Myers
Published Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2015]
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Contents Orientation -- No direction home -- Step one : take your medication -- Step two : self-advocate -- Step three : work for intimacy -- Recovery's edge -- Over the edge
Summary "In 2003 the Bush Administration's New Freedom Commission asked mental health service providers to begin promoting "recovery" rather than churning out long-term, "chronic" mental health service users. Recovery's Edge sends us to urban America to view the inner workings of a mental health clinic run, in part, by people who are themselves "in recovery" from mental illness. In this provocative narrative, Neely Myers sweeps us up in her own journey through three years of ethnographic research at this unusual site, providing a nuanced account of different approaches to mental health care. Recovery's Edge critically examines the high bar we set for people in recovery through intimate stories of people struggling to find meaningful work, satisfying relationships, and independent living. This book is a recipient of the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize from Vanderbilt University Press for the best book in the area of medicine"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Community Mental Health Services
Anthropology, Cultural
Mental Disorders -- rehabilitation
Mentally Ill Persons
Peer Group
Community mental health services -- Social aspects -- United States
Community mental health services -- United States
Ethnology -- United States
Medical anthropology -- United States
People with mental disabilities -- Rehabilitation -- United States
Urban anthropology -- United States
Community mental health services -- Social aspects.
Community mental health services.
Medical anthropology.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
People with mental disabilities -- Rehabilitation.
Urban anthropology.
United States
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826520812 (electronic bk.)
9780826520814 (electronic bk.)