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Fountain HouseCreating Community in Mental Health Practice$
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Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157100

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157100.001.0001

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Defining Social Practice

Defining Social Practice

(p.69) 4 Defining Social Practice
Fountain House

Alan Doyle

Julius Lanoil

Kenneth J. Dudek

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores social practice in the Fountain House within the purview of social justice. The Fountain House was created out of a deep sense of social righteousness—that is, ensuring that its members would not be denied access to meaningful employment, ordinary living settings, or human affiliations. Although the theory of social justice does not inform the performance of social practice itself, it is the same commitment to social justice that guides the daily actions of the current Fountain House staff and members. At the Fountain House, only those practices that produce positive impact on the lives of the people living with mental illness are sustained.

Keywords:   social practice, Fountain House, social justice, social righteousness, human affiliations, mental illness, social practice

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