Crafting a Universe, A Corner in the World. An Ethnographic Study on Finnish Mental Health Care Service Users' Drama Project on "Home"

Main funder

Funder's project number: 275111

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 236 015,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2014

Project end date: 31/08/2017


In order to create new forms of understanding and means of distilling the silent knowledge of mental health care service users, this research projects engages with young Finnish service users’ drama project on home. Through ethnographic action research it addresses the existential and practical problems- as well as dreams and desires - related to finding one’s place in the world in the midst of mental turmoil. The novelty of the research lies in its engagement of drama and the body in knowledge production. In the analysis, the phenomenological experience of illness and space are connected to the concrete institutional structures and discursive frames. On the basis of this project, a participatory form of forum theatre is developed to distill and distribute research results, thus to enhance general public’s and mental health care professionals’ understanding of the suffering that arises from illness and, paradoxically, the efforts of psychiatry to erase it.

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