An ambivalent atmosphere: Employment training programs and mental health recovery
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This article critically examines the role of employment training programs in the personal recovery of adults living with mental illness in community settings. Using Cameron Duff's (2014) notion of 'assemblages of recovery,' we explore how, and to what extent, employment training programs provide the supportive resources linked to personal recovery. Using an ethnographic case study, we describe the ambivalent atmospheres associated with one program. This ambivalence expresses the fundamental tension between the genuine aspirations of personal recovery and the realities of the capitalist labor process.
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