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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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Recognition politics as a human rights perspective on service users' experiences of involvement in mental health services

Recognition politics as a human rights perspective on service users' experiences of involvement in mental health services

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(p.87) Seven Recognition politics as a human rights perspective on service users' experiences of involvement in mental health services
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Mental health service users in research
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Lydia Lewis

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.003.0007

In the UK, the policy of active participation, or involvement, for service users in mental health services is now well established and is reinforced by the promotion of human rights as a value base for mental health care. Yet research repeatedly finds a policy implementation gap in this area. Drawing on a localised, qualitative study involving three mental health service user/community groups, this chapter frames this issue in terms of a ‘politics of recognition’. It demonstrates how whilst government user involvement policies officially attempt to recognise users and their voices, they simultaneously reconstitute failures of recognition in terms of status subordination and a disqualified identity for service users, thereby obstructing participatory parity and amounting to a dereliction of the core principles underlying human rights.

Keywords:   recognition politics, disempowerment, subordination

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