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Reconstruction personnelle et critique sociale. Enjeux politiques de la réinsertion des anciens combattants par l’agriculture

Abstract : Some current programs to assist people with mental disorders promote the idea that working the land can be therapeutic. But do these kinds of expectations on agriculture really open up a new prospect of freedom, or are they simply a contemporary reinvention of old forms of social control ? That is the question this paper seeks to answer, based on the example of the social reintegration of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder in California. The paper first examines stakeholders who are invested in the programs and promote such ideas, showing how some of them have carved out a niche offering therapeutic services that focus on the individual and evacuate the political. But ethnographic observation of a veterans’ reintegration association and a series of semistructured interviews with vets revealed that, in the vets’ experience, the search for personal well-being is closely tied to regaining a sense of community involvement. The paper seeks to understand the conditions under which this group was able to link personal fulfilment with political expression. It also attempts to identify avenues for understanding how the individual may be resituated at the center of social critique.
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Eric Doidy. Reconstruction personnelle et critique sociale. Enjeux politiques de la réinsertion des anciens combattants par l’agriculture. 2012, pp.33-50. ⟨10.7202/1013015ar⟩. ⟨hal-02642112⟩

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