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Mental health service users in researchCritical sociological perspectives$
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Patsy Staddon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307334

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.001.0001

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Where do service users' knowledges sit in relation to professional and academic understandings of knowledge?

Where do service users' knowledges sit in relation to professional and academic understandings of knowledge?

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(p.69) Six Where do service users' knowledges sit in relation to professional and academic understandings of knowledge?
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Mental health service users in research
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Peter Beresford

Kathy Boxall

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.003.0006

This chapter explores service users’ experiential knowledges, situating discussion within broader sociological understandings of knowledge production, including feminist and disability studies critiques of traditional social research. It focuses particularly on four contested issues. These are, the consequences of excluding experiential knowledges, especially in relation to groups and issues which are associated with exclusion, disempowerment and marginalisation; the challenges which such experiential knowledges present to the academy and traditional social research; the relationship between experiential and professional knowledge, the tensions and conflicts that have historically emerged and how these are being addressed; and, the different ideological purposes to which service users’ experiential knowledges are put and the tensions and opportunities this may create. The chapter is particularly concerned to explore and present arguments for the collective involvement of service users in research and underpinning knowledge for professional work as well as in professional education.

Keywords:   experiential knowledges, conflict, ideology

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