Workplace Depression in Japan: Personal Narratives and Social Contexts

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Godfrey Thomson Hall

Thomson's Land

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‘Workplace depression’ has become a hot topic in Japan, attracting public and professional debate. But how do people experiencing this regard it? In this public talk, sociologist Dr Hiroto Shimizu will discuss his research on the lived experience of workplace depression in Osaka. Hiroto will show how people’s personal narratives are shaped by the governmental criteria that limit what workplace depression is in order to obtain compensation for sick leave. This, in particular, includes the role of social causation. As Hiroto will show, these narratives differs from wider Japanese conceptions of depression as having a biological or psychological basis.

This discussion will be led by Dr Hiroto Shimizu, Research Fellow at Ryukoku University (Japan) and JSPS Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University (UK). Prior to audience discussion, Dr Rosie Allister will provide comments on Hiroto’s talk. Dr Allister is a veterinary surgeon, social researcher, and manager of VetLife Helpline. It will be chaired by Dr Martyn Pickersgill, Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Medicine, University of Edinburgh.


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Godfrey Thomson Hall

Thomson's Land

Holyrood Road

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United Kingdom

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