This work was first published as Earning A Token Of Self Respect in the Observer Magazine, pp.58-62, 15 October 1978. Writer: Alan Road.

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The Smoking Room

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This story is about mental illness and the beginnings of 'care in the community'. In February 1978 I spent two weeks living in a psychiatric hospital, in a ward for long-term schizophrenics...

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Book. 1973. Tools for Conviviality: "Tools are intrinsic to social relationships", he writes. "An individual relates himself in action to his society through the use of tools that he actively masters, or by which he is passively acted upon. To the degree that he masters his tools he can invest the world with his meaning; to the degree that he is mastered by his tools, the shape of the tool determines his own self-image. Convivial tools are those which give each person who uses them the greatest opportunity to enrich the environment with the fruits of his or her vision."