chapter  3
When things start to fall apart
Social conditions and the loss of capabilities
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This chapter aims to expand understandings of what recovery from symptoms and social skills means. The ways ethnicity shaped social locations were marked by the different ways participants became ethnic minorities in the UK. The socio-economic position and the language skills of the participants reflected the capabilities sets they had in living a life they wanted. Citizenship status is a crucial determinant of an individual's capability set to access the labour market as well as health and social care entitlements. Employment is an important source of capabilities, but it can also lead to mental ill health that some participants needed to recover from. The narratives of participants who were overseas brides reflected the ways in which transnational marriage could impact on the capabilities development of women. The chapter critically considers and analyses the social conditions that contributed to participants' mental ill health.