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Revista Psicologia Política

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SILVA, Jorge Luiz da; VALENTIM, Alanna Figueiroa  and  LYRA, Jorge. Madness in territory: experimenting health production with beneficiaries of the “Back to home” program. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.47, pp. 51-64. ISSN 2175-1390.

This paper proposes to reflect about deinstitutionalization and the “Back to Home” Program, as well as their impacts on the health of long institutionalized people, based on the perspective of health production. It is based on discussions about freedom as therapeutic and a new view on health, moving the focus away from the disease and centralizing the subject, their life story and their potential for constant reinvention. The paper aims to understand the strategies of health production developed by people who have lived long processes of hospitalization in psychiatric hospitals and who now reside in Residential Therapeutic Services located in the municipality of Camaragibe (Brazil). Regarding the methodology, five narratives of male beneficiaries of the program were used. Such narratives were taken from the database of a multicenter national research on the “Back to Home” program. The narrative productions were the material and method of analysis, with the aim of contemplating different sources and versions of the phenomenon. As results, we had the construction and analysis of the possibilities of health production from devices such as work, autonomy, artistic expression and culture.

Keywords : Madness; Deinstitutionalization; Psychiatric Reform; Back to Home Program; Health Production.

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