English version of the animation Kwartiermaken
Everyone is different, but for some people being different can prove an obstacle to participating in society. 'Kwartiermaken' is about welcoming people who often don't feel at home in society. Translation and voice: Alistair Niemeijer
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derrida, exclusion, hospitality, inclusion
Commentary in Social Inclusion 2016, Volume 4
What does it mean if we want people with intellectual and/or psychiatric disabilities to participate in our society? Based on which idea(l)s about humanity do we define equality and equivalence? How much space is left for individual differences? In the following dialogue the two authors navigate the tension between similarity and difference in thinking about - and working towards - more space for marginalized people.
A good society is more than just a private affair - Jef van Eijken, Hans van Ewijk, Harrie Staatsen (ed.)
In their book Arbeidsrehabilitatie in een vernieuwde geestelijke gezondheidszorg , Jaap van Weeghel and Jacques Zeelen (1990) introduce the concept of kwartiermaken. They define this concept as the efforts aimed at visualizing, making accessible and, if needed, adapting social work situations. In my opinion this concept also applies to other situations. It is about making (work- or other) places suitable not just for the individual client, but likewise setting out a collective environment strategy for the humanization of work or of society as a whole.