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    Rights statement: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Subjectivity. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Subjectivity (2015) 8, 243–260. doi:10.1057/sub.2015.8 Temporalities of mental health recovery Brigit McWade is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/sub/journal/v8/n3/full/sub20158a.html

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Temporalities of mental health recovery

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Subjectivity
Issue number3
Volume8
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)243-260
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Since the 1990s, the concept of ‘recovery in/from serious mental health problems’ has been iterated internationally as the new paradigm in mental health policy and practice. A constitutive element of recovery discourse is a struggle over what defines a ‘good’ life-in-time; yet temporalities of recovery remain under-investigated. This article offers an empirical exploration of recovery enacted in an NHS ‘arts for mental health’ service called Create. I present an analysis of several intersecting temporalities at play within Create through the lens of one service-user’s story. The temporal orderings of the situated aesthetic care practices at Create encapsulate competing articulations of recovery, hope and aspiration. These different temporalities enact different subjectivities, revealing recovery to be a set of socio-political struggles over what lives are deemed liveable in the context of global neo-liberal capitalism.

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Subjectivity. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Subjectivity (2015) 8, 243–260. doi:10.1057/sub.2015.8 Temporalities of mental health recovery Brigit McWade is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/sub/journal/v8/n3/full/sub20158a.html