Reflections on power, knowledge and change

O’Hagan, Mary and Beresford, Peter (2021) Reflections on power, knowledge and change. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Mad Studies. Routledge Harwood, pp. 30-33. ISBN 9780429465444

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Mary O’Hagan reflects on 35 years of psychiatric survivor and lived experience advocacy to transform mental health services and society so that people with mental distress are treated as equals and free of discrimination. She is not satisfied with progress and asserts that we cannot make big change until psychiatry moves away from the hub of the system and becomes one of the spokes – where it no longer dominates the discourse and takes most of the resources. She discusses the parallels and tensions between the ‘mad’ movement and the indigenous Maori quest for self-determination as well as the challenges in getting Mad Studies established as a full discipline. Mary has seen the loss of momentum in the independent ‘mad’ movement over the years as advocates find jobs in the mental health system. There is still hope for big change, but it may take several generations of advocacy to get there.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sciences(all),sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Institute for Volunteering Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 17:30
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 01:29
DOI: 10.4324/9780429465444-4

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