Taking care of Democracy: Responsibility &sustainability in politics/health

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Taking care of Democracy: Responsibility and sustainability in politics and health

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2pm: Dr Michaela Edwards - An introduction to our speakers

2.10pm: Dr Amal Treacher Kabesh - Thinking through 'Democracy'

2.55: Questions

3.05: Coffee break

3.30: Prof Adrian Sutton - Towards mature dependence: responsibility and sustainability in health and illness care

4.15: Questions

4.25: 'In conversation with' - a panel discussion between Amal and Adrian

5pm: Close

Taking care of Democracy: Responsibility and sustainability in politics and health

Abstract

Thinking Through ‘Democracy’: Dr Amal Treacher Kabesh

This abstract is being written while the results of the European elections are being declared and the results are not straightforward despite declarations to the opposite. Those parties that have been successful in this European election [whether on the side of Leave or Remain] are declaring that ‘democracy’ has returned to the UK. Democracy, however, is a mantra that glosses over the complexities of the meaning of the term - democracy - alongside the nuanced web of identifications. In short, what does ‘democracy’ as a discourse and as a mantra do? Superiority as a nation and as an individual human being is frequently asserted when using the discourse of ‘democracy’. For example, when the West states that it is superior than the Rest because it is ‘democratic’. In this presentation, I will attempt to think through the densities of the term ‘democracy’ with a focus on identification and belonging.

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Dr. Amal Treacher Kabesh is an Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy (University of Nottingham). Amal has published extensively on matters of subjectivity with a particular focus on gender and ethnicity and she draws on psychosocial and postcolonial theoretical frameworks. Her latest book – Egyptian Revolutions: Conflict, Repetition and Identification (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) traces through the complexities of the socio-political spheres on everyday life and the impact on ‘ordinary’ citizens.

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Towards a state of mature dependence: responsibility & sustainability in health and illness care: Professor Adrian Sutton

“There’s no such thing as a patient.”

Donald Winnicott, paediatrician and psychoanalyst, presented a developmental theory of Maturational Processes which moved from total dependence towards a form of relative independence which can never be more than interdependence. The optimal emergence of the Maturational Processes is dependent on a Facilitating Environment which is an amalgam of the relational and material, sufficiently matched and adaptive to the individual’s needs to promote psychological health.

For Winnicott, psychological health includes the ability to move, without undue personal conflict, through different forms and levels of dependence, interdependence and relative independence taking into account the prevailing circumstances, personal resources and the resources to be found in others. Social psychological health also requires the ability to make reasonable judgements about the extent to which one can and should entrust oneself to others to provide essential services: this is crucial in the selection of policy makers and those who prioritise and implement these policies.

This presentation will examine current themes and dilemmas in health and illness care with respect to:

1. Respect for dependence and interdependence as an essential consideration complementing respect for autonomy

2. The centrality of demonstrable trustworthiness as a core competence for individual practitioners, service providers and policy makers.

Bio:

Adrian Sutton is Director of The Squiggle Foundation. He is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Gulu University, Uganda and Honorary Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education at Manchester University. He was previously Consultant in Child & Family Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Winnicott Centre, Royal Manchester Children's Hospitals.

He is the author of Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Psychoanalysis: through countertransference to case management (2013) and his other publications reflect his interest in applying psychoanalytic understanding in child and family health and welfare, medical education and professional ethics.

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