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. Documentary Expression and Thirties America: "Social documentary dignifies the usual and levels the extraordinary. Most often its subject is the common man, and when it is not, the subject, however exalted he be, is looked at from the common man's point-of view."