Community Psychology in different places. Morten Nissen http://www.psy.ku.dk/mnissen/Undervisning/soejle/Ssoejle04e.htm. Community – 3 aspects. Critical / progressivist movement Context: Kurt Lewin: B = f (P; E) Vague totalities: Everyday life Empowerment, resources, social support
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Rose, N. (1999). Powers of Freedom, p. 172f.
THE ACTIVE SOCIETY
Locally defined practice
Diagnosed body / patient
Self-reflecting subject / user
The social – from the social problem to social work
3 tasks: Creation of subjects, speaking for subjects, integrating objectivities into subjects
(Mark Philp: Notes on the form of knowledge in social work. Sociological Review 1979)
Free spaces:The absent presense of power
Welfare State: Social engineering
I have this project with a girlfriend of mine who takes drugs in the street, that's because I once lived there. It's a former Sjakket-girl who disappeared, they can't get in touch with her. So I find her and get her away from the street. That way, I improve more and more, so that I do things for Sjakket and stop being a street kid.
What do you think your girlfriend needs?
A lot of good friends, that's when she's into shit, because she lost her friends, she's only ever seeing her boyfriend, and when he started on dope, she did, too. They had a lot of fights and she lost her friends. She lied to me at first, because she knows I'm deeply against it. But I found out, I know a lot of people in there who told me I should take a hold of her. Only yesterday I was in there to look for her
But what is it you actually do?
What I do - well, I figure out what she's up to, how far she's out, is she beyond hope, does she need a detox or what - and then I'll ask what she likes, just like they asked me back then, becase if she's having a good time she doesn't think about dope so much. It's when she's bored she thinks about it. Even when it's not in your body anymore you still have it in your mind, you know.
Now I know how far she's out - pretty far: in two weeks she'll be prostituting herself, she's hooked, only 16 years. Sjakket is going to buy a farm in the countryside next sunday, and I'll take her along to look at the place, I want to take her there and do funny things with her.
Alexandra, age 19, The Crew, 1995