Introduction: Social Inclusion as an Interactional Phenomenon

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Social inclusion and exclusion are buzzwords in today’s political discourse. While there are many causes of social exclusion, one of the factors repeatedly shown to lead to social exclusion is mental illness, which may hinder people in developing themselves in accordance with their wishes and abilities. Participation is a key dimension of social inclusion—and one that we particularly seek to increase understanding of in this volume. We focus on participation taking place in face-to-face social encounters, seeking to get to the root of the preconditions and consequences of participation by unraveling the interactional processes that underlie what makes it possible. We presuppose that participation in any social or societal sphere presupposes social interaction, which in turn requires the capacity to coordinate with and make sense of others’ actions. Thus, drawing on joint decision-making as a specific arena of social interaction, where the participants’ collaborative management of the turn-by-turn sequential unfolding of interaction can have tangible consequences for the participants’ social and economic circumstances, we seek to increase understanding of the specific vulnerabilities that individuals with mental illness have in this context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoint Decision Making in Mental Health : An Interactional Approach
EditorsCamilla Lindholm, Melisa Stevanovic, Elina Weiste
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-43530-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-43531-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameThe Language of Mental Health
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Fields of Science

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  • 5141 Sociology

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