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By Karen Nakamura

Bethel condo, positioned in a small fishing village in northern Japan, was once based in 1984 as an intentional neighborhood for individuals with schizophrenia and different psychiatric issues. utilizing a distinct, neighborhood method of psychosocial restoration, Bethel condo focuses as a lot on social integration as on healing paintings. As a centerpiece of this procedure, Bethel apartment began its personal companies as a way to create employment and socialization possibilities for its citizens and to alter public attitudes towards the mentally in poor health, but additionally fairly by chance supplied an important strengthen to the distressed neighborhood financial system. via its paintings courses, communal dwelling, and shut courting among sanatorium and city, Bethel has been remarkably profitable in conscientiously reintegrating its individuals into eastern society. It has turn into often called a version substitute to long term institutionalization.

In A incapacity of the Soul, Karen Nakamura explores how the contributors of this certain neighborhood fight with their lives, their health problems, and the which means of neighborhood. informed via enticing old narrative, insightful ethnographic vignettes, and compelling lifestyles tales, her account of Bethel residence depicts its achievements and setbacks, its offers and barriers.

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Some said that this outrage [the burning of the temple] had been perpetrated in broad daylight and if it was not certified to be the act of a madman not responsible for his actions, they themselves would strangle him for it. Others observed that although the fire had not caused any serious damage, there would certainly be a great deal of trouble if it came to the attention of the district police office. If the Aoyama [family] intended to dispose of the matter within the family, then they had better move the master to a safe place quickly, place a strict guard over him, and take appropriate measures to ensure that the people of the village could once again sleep soundly.

Some said that this outrage [the burning of the temple] had been perpetrated in broad daylight and if it was not certified to be the act of a madman not responsible for his actions, they themselves would strangle him for it. Others observed that although the fire had not caused any serious damage, there would certainly be a great deal of trouble if it came to the attention of the district police office. If the Aoyama [family] intended to dispose of the matter within the family, then they had better move the master to a safe place quickly, place a strict guard over him, and take appropriate measures to ensure that the people of the village could once again sleep soundly.

Past events were simply the context in which people’s illnesses first manifested and the pattern started or became clear. I didn’t know this at first when I came to Bethel to make my film and do the fieldwork for this book. I thought that I could get the life stories of members simply by pointing my video camera or microphone at them and asking them to start talking. That is what I had done in my previous projects, and I thought it would work at Bethel as well. 1 Kiyoshi Hayasaka is one of the main figures at Bethel, but as you can see in Bethel, he doesn’t want to talk about his past.

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