It seems to me that most of us, much of the time, go astray ... from an embodied knowing of who and how we inter-are.
Just as our way of going astray is singular, so our way of finding our way needs to be singular.
I propose key elements of finding one’s way, especially when quite distressed:
Coming to one’s senses
Dwelling and being with
Meeting oneself and others
Moving toward responsibility … responsible for the Other and others (Levinas)
And toward a justice to come (Derrida)
Whereby we might come to celebrate the sacrament of the present moment.
Madness on the Streets, and in the Suites
Elizabeth Metcalf. Disability Studies and Women’s Studies, Syracuse University
The Revolving Door: Institutionalization After Deinstitutionalization
Gone are the days where souls are lost to the back wards of public institutions for years on end. Institutionalization is not gone however. It has merely transformed its trickster identity into something more subtle yet equally as dangerous for one trapped in its new more cyclical and repetitive nature. In this paper, I explore the new institutionalization snare of our current era and the plight of those existing in the margin between inside and out, trapped within a long terms series of “revolving door” hospital short-stays, no sooner to return to geographies of exclusion to begin the cycle all over again. The new institutionalization is a more sophisticated and nuanced incarnation of the old one fashioned by an insurance industry that has wholeheartedly embraced the quick-fix biological trends in traditional psychiatry. This paper was born out of autoethnographic notes of a survivor/user stuck in the revolving door cycle of the new institutionalization for ten years and in-depth interviews with practitioners critical of the current state of affairs in American mental health care.