TY - BOOK ID - 34093 TI - Samarbeid om selvhjelp AU - Gotaas, Nora AU - Hatleskog Zeiner, Hilde AU - Brottveit, Ånund AU - Feiring, Marte PY - 2019 SN - 9788202590468 DB - DOAB KW - self-help groups KW - Self-Help Norway KW - group therapy KW - social movements KW - organizational sociology KW - welfare-state development KW - selvhjelp KW - Selvhjelp Norge KW - gruppeterapi KW - organisasjonssosiologi KW - velferdsstatsutvikling UR - https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:34093 AB - "The development and spread of self-help groups in Norway has been unlike that in other western countries. Public authorities, in collaboration with private sector volunteer resources, have created a national hybrid organization, Self-Help Norway (Selvhjelp Norge), to promote ‘self-help’ options. The introduction of combined groups, in which participants come together with a range of different problems or diagnoses, is also unusual.
This book takes a closer look at the phenomenon of self-help in light of theories relating to group therapy, social movements, organizational sociology and welfare-state development. The individual chapters are based on the authors’ own research on self-help groups and the way they are organized in Norway. Our underlying point of departure is that self-help is in fact something quite different from the common public perception of a self-absorbed and ‘narcissistic’ activity that occurs at the expense of the community.
Self-help groups have, rightly so, a focus on individual change and have recently gained a stronger psychological orientation. There is however a need for describing and analyzing the self-help group’s collective dimension, the reciprocal form of self-help that takes place in the context of the group. We analyze as well the growth of what we have called ‘the new self-help movement’ in the border zone between public and private sector and show how self-help has been established in various local societies as a form of social entrepreneurship. The movement’s breakthrough with the public sector is internationally unique, but it can also have come at a cost in the form of less legitimacy and relevance for the other self-help organizations. We pose questions about where these developments will lead."