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EMPLOYMENT, MENTAL HEALTH AND ECONOMIC RATIONALITY AT AN AGE OF NEO-LIBERAL GLOBALISATION

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Author(s): Lila Antonopoulou | Christina Dervisi

Journal: Ege Academic Review
ISSN 1303-099X

Volume: 9;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 1047;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Labour market | Mentally disable | Normalcy

ABSTRACT
The present study examines the place of the mental health sufferers within the current labour market, with particular emphasis on the economic and social prospects sufferers from mental disorders may have, as well as on the concrete possibilities for their integration in the labour market. The study's central question is the following: are there any real prospects for integration of mental sufferers in a labour market dominated by conditions and practices of ruthless capitalism, or are we in a reality witnessing a renewed attempt at excluding mental sufferers from the social dynamic, given that the dominant economic reason requires the dependence of employability of a person on his/her cognitive skills and on his/her capacity to submit this mentality to the requirements of the prevailing market conditions?The study attempts to address these issues by questioning the recent Mental Reform Act promulgated in Greece. Our analysis of the Act is supplemented with a theoretical exploration of the relationship that exists between economic rationality and the psychological normality with a view of diagnosing the contribution of the former in the determination of the latter within the context of contemporary labour relations.
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